: Those arrested for breaching the Movement Control Order (MCO) will not be crammed into lock-ups, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said that according to procedure, those arrested at roadblocks would be taken to the police station, where they would be slapped with compounds or released on police bail while waiting for their investigation papers to be sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action.
"Our standard operating procedure also requires social distancing of one metre, so it is not logical for us to cram them into lock-ups.
"They will be allowed to go home and be charged in court (later) or straight away compounded at the police station,” he added.
He said this at a press conference after attending a special meeting on COVID-19 with Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers, which was chaired by Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here today.
Ismail Sabri, who is also Defence Minister, said the level of MCO compliance had increased, as shown by the number of arrests daily which dropped to 742 from 828.
"I hope this trend continues. It shows that the people are increasingly aware of the need to abide by every order issued by the government,” he said, adding that 383,488 vehicles had been checked at 1,547 roadblocks mounted so far.
As of today, 165 people have been charged with violating the MCO, he said.
"In Sarawak, the jail term imposed on offenders is between one month and four months. So, I hope the people would see that this order is something serious,” he added.
Ismail Sabri said the people’s behaviour would determine whether the MCO would be extended into phase three, the fasting month or even Hari Raya Aidilfitri. - BERNAMA