Malaysia to open 11 prisons for MCO violators

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) – A total of 11 temporary prisons for those who violate the Malaysian movement control order (MCO) will begin operations from April 23, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the government made the decision to have the temporary prisons after consultations with the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“The (Malaysian) Ministry of Health will deploy its health workers at the temporary prisons,” he told a daily press conference on the MCO developments here yesterday.

In addition, he said the number of individuals detained for violating the MCO nationwide dropped to 1,111 on Saturday from 1,565 the previous day.

Out of this number, 997 were remanded while 114 on police bail, bringing the cumulative figure of arrests to 14,750.

The authorities conducted 820 roadblocks nationwide on Saturday and checked 451,487 vehicles, Ismail Sabri said. He added that a total of 51,706 spot checks were also conducted nationwide with 5,861 premises checked.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) had carried out 2,627 public sanitation operations in 105 zones including 29 red zones since March 30.

On the initiative of the local community to self-regulate their area, Ismail Sabri said the Malaysian government welcomed the move but they needed to seek advice and consultation with the police.

“We understand that they want to protect their area. They would not want someone from a red zone to enter their community.”