As we are cutting close to Hari Raya Aidilfitri, many have been found on the roads returning to Penang. Yesterday, Penang police chief Sahabudin Abd Manan told reporters at the Jawi toll plaza roadblock that they have received 8,386 applications for interstate travel to Penang, as of Monday. Adding that over 300 vehicles attempting to return to their hometowns in the state for Hari Raya were ordered to turn back.
Excuse To Be Home For Raya Celebration Not Tolerated
According to a report by FMT, police found that most vehicles had not obtained permission from the police and gave the excuse that they needed to be home for Aidilfitri celebration. Chief Sahabudin told motorists not to waste their time because apart from being ordered to turn back, they might also be fined a RM1,000 compound for breaching conditional movement control order (CMCO).
Chief Sahabudin added that 24-hour daily roadblocks have been set up at 18 locations along the state borders to stop people from trying to return to Penang, which is now declared a Covid-19 green zone. “With the state being a green zone, we will not simply allow entry from other zones without valid permit,” he told reporters. Adding that permissions are approved for purposes such as to visit their spouses once weekly or to travel interstate for work.
Police To Do House “Visits” During Raya
The Star reported that police have been authorised to perform house visits to make sure people are complying to the standard operation procedure of the CMCO. This is a new measure the authorities are using to track down suspects of unauthorised interstate balik kampung travel. “Police are taking the enforcement of the interstate travel ban seriously, especially for the purpose of celebrating Hari Raya,” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said.
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