Drones effective as MCO tool

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – The use of drones by the Malaysian authorities during the third phase of the movement control order (MCO) has proven to be effective in giving announcements and alerts to the public to comply with the directive to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The drones were introduced in the first phase of the MCO and the technology was ex-tensively used by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) to convey information as well as monitor the movement of the people. The drones are equipped with loudspeakers to make announcements in three languages namely Malay, Chinese and Tamil, for the public to stay at home.

The main areas where drones have been deployed are the COVID-19 hotspots and Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas.

ATM Chief General Affendi Buang said the use of drones was extended to the third phase as it was effective in conveying information, adding that the agency will continue using drones especially to ensure that people comply with the MCO fully.