KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) has begun deployment of its personnel to assist the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) ensure the public comply with the Movement Control Order (MCO) in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.
A Bernama survey until 3 pm found that several MAF personnel were stationed at several main roads around the city capital, including at Jalan Sentul Pasar, Manjalara, Jalan Segambut and Balai Sri Murni here.
The army personnel, who were provided with gloves and masks, were earlier briefed by Sentul District Police chief ACP S. Shanmugamoorthy Chinniah on their task in assisting the police at roadblocks.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had earlier told a press conference that the army would be deployed to assist police carry out the MCO beginning 12 pm today.
Ismail Sabri, who is also Defence Minister, added that army personnel would also assist police in patrolling areas around markets and supermarkets to monitor social distancing.
MAF-SURVEY 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR
All three branches of the MAF - army, navy and air force - are cooperating to assist police monitor and ensure the public adhere to the MCO, which is effective from March 18-31.
A Bernama survey around Kuala Lumpur found that most people were complying with the order as only a few were seen gathering at public places, with only taxis, public buses and motorcyclists delivering food seen on the roads.
Meanwhile, fast food outlets also adopted safety precautions by requiring customers to use disinfectants and have their body temperature taken before being allowed in.
TAG : MAF, PDRM, assist, cooperation, Movement Control Order