PEOPLE GETTING MORE COMMITTED TO OBSERVING MCO DIRECTIVES

ZABIDI ISHAR

TUMPAT, March 23 (Bernama) -- As the movement control order (MCO) moves into its sixth day today, people, including business premises operators were seen more committed to abiding by the directives.

Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said 95 per cent of the people in the state were complying with the order, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. 

“Cooperation among premises owners and road users have been encouraging because everybody wants to help break the chain of infection.

“I  urge everyone to work harder hand in hand with the government, in fighting the spread of the virus,” he told reporters as he monitored the roadblocks mounted by police and military personnel at Pasir Pekan, Tumpat today.   

A total of 1,287 police personnel, 120 General Operations Force (PGA) members and 555 Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) personnel are being deployed to man 41 roadblocks throughout Kelantan. 

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Ahmad also thanked the frontliners who had been working hard in addressing the COVID-19 situation.

“We really appreciate their contribution and the important role they play at the front line,” he said. 

Ahmad said the Kelantan state government would be handing out RM200 and food items worth RM100 to 50 poor people in each state constituency to help them cope during this difficult time.

He also called on Kelantan residents who had participated in the recent ijtimak tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur to immediately go for health screening.

Meanwhile in NEGERI SEMBILAN, state police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said compliance among the people here had improved greatly and over 90 per cent rate was  recorded according to police statistics and monitoring by personnel from the state religious department and the local authorities. 

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“...the public has begun to realise the importance of adhering to the MCO directives,” he told Bernama after checking on the roadblocks around Rembau today together with First Brigade commander Brigadier General Mohd Nazri Abd Rahman

On the state’s crime index since the implementation of the MCO on Wednesday, Mohamad said the statistics showed zero crime.

“Though the Op COVID-19 roadblocks have been mounted, we still continue with the crime prevention patrol and the roadblocks are also part of our crime prevention measure,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Nazri said 600 Armed Forces personnel have  been deployed to assist the police with the MCO enforcement in the state. 

“A total of 33 roadblocks are being conducted daily in the state’s eight districts,” he added.

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In TERENGGANU, state police chief Datuk Roslee Chik said public awareness on the MCO has increased to 95 per cent since yesterday, thanks to the roadblocks and the 1,098 police, MAF, PGA  and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel manning them.   

“With the help of the military personnel we are able to mount more roadblocks,” he said when met during an operation here today.

“To date the police and the armed forces have set up 48 roadblocks statewide,” said Roslee adding that he feared some might start returning to their respective work areas in Kuala Lumpur or other parts of the country towards the end of the MCO period.

 "I hope they will wait until the MCO period has ended. Do not take the opportunity to leave before the order is over,” he said.

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