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11 JAN 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will announce tomorrow the details of the SOP for the upcoming Movement Control Order (MCO) that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today.

Ismail Sabri, who is also the Defence Minister, said he will announce the details at 5 pm at his usual press conference on developments with regard to the Recovery MCO (RMCO).

The newly announced MCO takes effect on Wednesday and will be in force for two weeks until Jan 26.

“Ministries such as the Education Ministry, International Trade and Industry Ministry and Works Ministry will also announce their relevant SOPs,” he said in a statement on the developments with regard to the MCO and RMCO.

He announced today that the highest number of offences yesterday with regard to the MCO was not wearing of face masks, saying 173 people were arrested for the offence.

Overall, 572 people were detained and one was remanded yesterday. Up to 157 of them were held for offences related to entertainment centres, 115 for failing to make available material to record customers’ details, 115 for failing to observe physical distancing and 12 for other offences.

Ismail Sabri said the authorities also detained 16 illegal immigrants and seized three land vehicles yesterday under the ‘Op Benteng’ operation to prevent the illegal entry of foreigners into the country.

He also said that between July 24, 2020, and yesterday, 102,642 people returned to the country through the international gateways. Of the number, 8,375 underwent COVID-19 quarantine and 540 were sent to hospitals for treatment of the disease.

The minister announced the scheduled termination today of the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) in several zones, namely Madrasah Daril Naim, Padang Halban, Mukim Peringat, Kota Bharu in Kelantan and Kampung Paginatan and Kampung Maringkan, Ranau, in Sabah.

The EMCO at the Kamunting Correctional Centre and quarters in Taiping, Perak, will end as scheduled tomorrow, he said.

However, he said, the EMCO at the transit centre for accused persons, involving the Gemilang, Harapan, Jaya and Abadi blocks, has been extended to Jan 26. -Bernama

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