280 PDRM, ATM personnel involved in monitoring compliance with MCO – Awang Din


ATM and PDRM personnel seen stopping motorists at a road block along the Kota Samarahan Expressway.

KUCHING: Around 280 Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) personnel were involved in monitoring compliance with the Movement Control Order (MCO) around Kuching district today.

Kuching district police chief ACP Awang Din Awang Gani said out of the total, 134 PDRM personnel and 146 ATM personnel would perform surveillance, patrols, surprise checks, and roadblocks in Kuching district.

“We are divided into three ‘shifts’ to carry out enforcement monitoring throughout the MCO with the ATM until March 31, 2020. This involves monitoring, surprise inspections, patrols and roadblocks in locations around the Kuching district to ensure that the public continue to obey the instructions as long as the order is enforced,” he added when met by reporters at a roadblock on the Kota Samarahan Expressway here.

Commenting on the roadblocks jointly conducted with the ATM, Awang Din explained that it was carried out at eight selected locations around Kuching and one such location was the Kota Samarahan Expressway.

Awang Din thus reminded the public to follow any instructions and regulations that were set during the duration of the MCO’s enforcement.

“At the moment, members of the public are only allowed to go to petrol stations, banks, grocery stores, food outlets and hospitals if there is an urgent need. However, after 8pm there was no reason for the public to leave the house as the eateries and grocery stores are closed after those hours unless there are urgent matters to consider,” he said.

He also added that only one person is allowed to go out to buy everyday necessities save for emergency cases at the hospital or for an outbreak of illness.

As for those working in important sectors exempted under the order, he thus hope that workers will always carry their own legal authorisation issued by their respective employers.