51% spike in MCO arrests, says Ismail Sabri

PUTRAJAYA: Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the number of people arrested for flouting the movement control order (MCO) rose by 51% yesterday.

At a press conference here, he said there had been 554 arrests, bringing the total number to 6,048.

Of these, 489 were detained and 65 released on bail. A total of 212 have been charged.

“Before this, I felt proud because every day there was a decrease for four days in a row.

“But yesterday, there was an increase (in arrests),” he said, adding that there had been 368 arrests the day before.

“I was informed by the police that the increase happened because, possibly, many people were taking advantage to go out over the weekend,” he said.

He added that police would take even stricter action due to the increase in Covid-19 cases announced by health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Yesterday, Ismail said the police and army had conducted 743 roadblocks nationwide, checking a total of 293,051 vehicles.

4,822 business premises were also checked by enforcement authorities.

Meanwhile, he said public sanitation works are still being carried out under the housing and local government ministry.

Yesterday, disinfection works were conducted at 56 locations in nine states, including 27 in Johor and six in Sarawak.

“The operation involved 113 public areas, including houses of worship, public markets, supermarkets and residential areas.

“Disinfection was also carried out at 19 government locations including three PPR flats, involving 4,872 housing units,” he said.

This brings the total to seven PPR flats involving 8,944 units.

On a separate matter, he said as of yesterday a total of 6,698 people who had just entered the country had been quarantined nationwide.

118 quarantine centres have been opened so far for this purpose.

“As of yesterday, there were no issues involving quarantine centres.

“Many thanked the government for preparing quarantine centres which they perceived as being quite comfortable.”