14 held for defying RMCO in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Fourteen people were arrested for defying the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said while three of them were remanded, the other 11 were issued with compounds.

“Among the offences included taking part in events involving huge crowds which hindered social distancing and activities which violated the standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that the Compliance Operation Task Force, headed by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), also conducted 62,386 checks to monitor and enforce SOP compliance during the RMCO.

He also said nine foreigners were detained under Ops Benteng, which was carried out to tighten security at the country’s borders to prevent infiltration by illegal immigrants in an effort to curb cross-border crime as well as the spread of COVID-19.

Under Ops Benteng, the authorities set up 67 roadblocks nationwide and checked 43,033 vehicles to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants, especially through the rat lanes.