Cops can ask for electricity, water bill to verify address

Police say motorists may be asked to verify their place of residence by producing their electricity or water bill.

SHAH ALAM: Police may ask for electricity and water bills to verify that an individual is travelling within a 10km radius from his or her place of residence, the Selangor contingent police headquarters said.

Spokesman Ismail Muslim told a press conference the new restrictions under phase 2 of the movement control order (MCO) prohibit movement beyond a 10km radius for essential services such as buying food, medicine or supplements and also getting healthcare services.

He said those travelling for official work purposes must provide a letter of approval by the head of department or employer if asked by enforcement authorities.

Those who must travel within a location of infection or between two different locations of infection must request for a letter by the head of the nearest police station to the place of residence.

Ismail said those found guilty of flouting the restrictions may be fined not more than RM1,000 or sentenced to not more than six months in jail or both.

He said it will be up to the discretion of the enforcement officers manning the roadblocks, which will be increased throughout all districts in Selangor, to ask for address verification.

Currently, there are about four or five 24-hour roadblocks in all 16 districts.

The conditions for movement during the second phase of the MCO fall under Regulation 4(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

Under the regulation, only one person is allowed in a vehicle, except for those who travel for healthcare or medical services, and those who require a driver under special conditions such as heads of families.

On a separate matter, Ismail said there were 600 police reports, 350 investigations and 727 arrests in Selangor related to Ops Covid-19 from March 18 to yesterday.

Those arrested comprised 685 men and 42 women, including 243 foreigners.

He said there had been no arrests of people related to the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster in Selangor so far.

“This group has given their cooperation to the health ministry and the police,” he said, adding that authorities had managed to trace all 10,000 participants.