Many still flouting RMCO rules, says Malaysian minister

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Failing to practise proper physical distancing, along with not wearing face masks continue to make up the highest number of violations under the Malaysian Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

This was proven recently when out of the 131 arrests made for RMCO non-compliance, 73 were for activities that hampered physical distancing while another 31 for not using face masks, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

Other violations included failing to prepare entry and exit registration tools (20), defying quarantine orders (two), operating beyond permitted hours (four) and operating without a valid business licence (one).  “As for Benteng Operation, a total of 67 illegal immigrants and four boat skippers were detained for attempting to enter the country illegally through rat trails.

“The operations also included the seizure of a boat and four vehicles,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Datuk Seri Ismail said since July 24, 23,590 people returned home from 32 countries and placed in 68 hotels, four public training institutes and private education institutions nationwide.  “Of these, 9,162 individuals are still undergoing compulsory quarantine, 66 sent to hospital for treatment, while 14,362 have been discharged and allowed home.”

Also, since March 30, he said 9,849 public sanitisation operations were carried out, covering 134 zones and involving 12,965 premises.