Action will be taken against those who insist on leaving their home for no good reason during the movement control order (MCO) period, says the Inspector-General of Police.
Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador on Wednesday (March 25) said authorities had been given the green light to ensure increased compliance with the order aimed at minimising the spread of Covid-19.
“About 110 people have been arrested in the past seven days for flouting the MCO,” he said in an interview on Selamat Pagi Malaysia.
He said those arrested weren’t only being rebellious against the MCO but had also threatened and cursed at authorities enforcing the order.
“For those who think they are invincible or cannot be affected by this disease, or they just want to portray themselves as a gangster or thug hanging around in public places.
“Don’t be surprised when you are arrested, handcuffed, and then brought to the police lockup, because it has been done; don’t be surprised or get upset if you ending staying in the lockup for three to four nights,” he said.
He also warned unscrupulous businesses trying to make a quick buck from the rising anxiety due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said police had opened about 370 investigation papers on cheating cases and had made 25 arrests, with 11 already charged in court.
“These unscrupulous businesses have cost victims close to RM3 million in losses. Rest assured, teams at the Commercial Crimes Investigations Department are looking into these cases seriously,” he said.
He revealed that around 1,295 roadblocks are being conducted on a daily nationwide 24 hours a day, with a strength of around 42,000 policemen and 6,000 from the Malaysian Armed Forces.
He said as of yesterday, around 234,000 cars were checked during roadblocks and spot checks held around the country.