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16 JAN 2021

TAWAU: More than 100 vehicles have been ordered to turn back within three hours today for failing to provide valid reasons for travelling when passing roadblocks here.

Tawau district police chief ACP Peter Umbuas said the vehicles were told to turn back at the roadblocks mounted at Jalan Jambatan Batu Putih and Batu 21/2 Jalan Apas.

Tawau police mounted nine roadblocks including Road Check Point at Jalan Kalabakan, manned by a total of 163 police personnel, assisted by the Malaysia Armed Forces and People Volunteer Corps’ personnel, he told Bernama when contacted today. He said strict actions would be taken against drivers who were stopped at roadblocks and found to have flouted the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“However, drivers who were asked to turn back this morning cooperated with the police. "The vehicle registration number of vehicles asked to turn back was also recorded for monitoring purposes," he added. Peter also reminded all parties to remain at home if they do not have important matters to attend to throughout the MCO to help frontliners break the COVID-19 transmission, adding that compounds would be imposed on those found breaching the standard operating procedures set by the National Security Council.

The MCO is reimplemented in six states - Penang, Selangor, Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan), Melaka, Johor and Sabah - for 14 days, from Jan 13 until Jan 26 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in these states. - Bernama


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