SHAH ALAM, March 26 — Subang Jaya police have warned that stringent measures will be taken against individuals who continue to defy the movement control order (MCO), which has been extended to April 14, community news page SJ Echo reported today.
Subang Jaya district police chief ACP Risikin Satiman said those who continue to flout the law will be detained as the country enters the ninth day of the MCO.
“We will no longer issue a warning to those who disobey the law. I have instructed my officers to detain those who were found to have blatantly ignored the order to stay home.
“We continue to receive reports of residents going to parks for their exercise, walking their pets and even jogging on neighbourhood roads. This is against the MCO,” Risikin was quoted, adding that ample notice had been given on forbidding such activities to continue.
Risikin said the softer approach, which included making public announcements at business areas and neighbourhoods, had fallen on deaf ears within the community.
“Public gatherings, especially in public areas, are also forbidden under the MCO. Stay at home. Don’t come out unless you need to buy groceries or attend to emergencies.
“People should not take the MCO lightly. Stop the habit of going out of the house with an unreasonable excuse for buying breakfast. Buy some groceries and make breakfast for the whole family and keep them safe at home,” he stressed.
Risikin said for those who need to go out and buy groceries, the number of persons running the errands per family should be kept to a minimum.
He had also urged motorists to give their fullest cooperation to the authorities manning the roadblocks.
“I would like to make a personal appeal to those who attended the tabligh gathering to come out for the Covid-19 screening procedure. We know who you are. If you do not comply with the instructions the long arms of the law will come to you,” he added.
Anyone found to flout the conditions under the MCO may face a jail term of not more than six months or a maximum fine of RM1,000 or both.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the MCO would be extended by another 14 days from April 1 to 14.
The first phase of the MCO was enforced from March 18 to 31.