RM1,000 MCO compounds on joggers found in closed Melaka recreational forest

MELAKA, 25 Jan 2021:

Police issued compounds of RM1,000 each to 17 individuals for violating the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the Movement Control Order (MCO) by jogging at the Sungai Udang Recreational Forest here at 6.30 pm yesterday.

Melaka police chief Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said the offenders, aged between 13 and 41, were compounded under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 (Act 342) as no activities are allowed in recreational parks during the MCO period.

“Police found there were 36 individuals in the area, but only 17 were compounded while the others managed to escape inspection as there was also a third party which tried to intervene during the incident.

“This is something that should not have happened as everyone is working hard to break the chain of Covid-19 infection. Police will not compromise with individuals who try to violate the order, including intervention by any parties.”

On Jan 12, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was reported to have said sports and recreational activities were not allowed during the MCO period, although some flexibility would be given for leisure activities – including jogging and cycling, limited to two people in a group.

In PETALING JAYA, a Bangladeshi construction worker was fined RM500, in default a day’s jail, by the magistarte’s court today for violating MCO 2.0.

Magistrate M. Barath meted out the fine on Shahabuddin, 32, who pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was charged with violating Regulation 1 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) (No. 8) Regulations 2020 by moving from Jalan Teknologi 3/6, Kota Damansara to the Kota Damansara Toll Plaza at 2.10pm on Jan 13 to visit a friend.

Shahabuddin was driving a car and was stopped at a roadblock at the Kota Damansara Toll Plaze, where he could not produce any authorisation letter for the travel.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri today announced the Taiping Prison and its staff quarters will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from tomorrow (Jan 26) until Feb 8 – due to the detection of 43 Covid-19 positive cases involving 40 inmates and three personnel since Saturday Jan 23.

“The implementation of the EMCO is to facilitate efforts by MoH (Ministry of Health) to carry out targeted screening on inmates, staff as well as close contacts to ensure there is no infection within the community,” he said in a statement regarding the MCO today.

Also, he said that since 1 Dec 2020, a total of 210,613 foreign workers had undergone screening, which involved 8,096 employers. Of the total, 4,151 were confirmed to be Covid-19 positive.

Further, he said 717 individuals were arrested for flouting the MCO yesterday, with 642 of them being issued with compounds and 74 remanded.

“Among the offences recorded were not wearing face masks (117), failing to provide devices for recording of customers’ particulars (68), no physical distancing (235), illegal interstate/inter-district travel (96), premises operating beyond permitted hours/without permission (73) and others (128).”

Under Op Benteng, a total of 18 illegal immigrants were detained and 10 land vehicles were seized.

He added that since April 24 last year, a total of 109,821 individuals had returned home and all of them had undergone compulsory quarantine.

– Bernama