A total of 8,600 police personnel have been deployed nationwide to ensure that people abide by the movement control order (MCO), says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
The Inspector-General of Police said the personnel on duty were assigned to perform checks while reminding the people to adhere to the rules and regulations stipulated in the MCO, which was introduced following the Covid-19 outbreak.
“The personnel have been busy since Wednesday (March 18) performing checks as well as setting up roadblocks.
“At this stage, we are advising people to maintain good hygiene, as well as abiding by the regulations in the control order.
“I hope the people can cooperate with the authorities as we don’t want the virus to spread further, ” he told reporters after making a surprise visit to police personnel manning a roadblock near Kampung Pandan on Thursday (March 19).
The country’s top cop said more personnel would be deployed throughout the control order period, from March 18 until March 31.
“There are a lot of counters for traffic summonses that have been closed, so we will have additional personnel.
“They will be roped in to join the task force formed during this control order, ” he said.
As of now, the level of awareness and cooperation among the public are at 60%, he added.
“We have set up 504 roadblocks since Wednesday in an effort to check and remind people to follow the rules during this period.
“The Armed Forces are also ready to assist us in monitoring the situation during the control order period, and I welcome their assistance. I will discuss with the Armed Forces chief in terms of deployment, ” Abdul Hamid said.
The IGP hoped that the level of awareness and cooperation among the people can increase beyond 60%.
“We will do analysis on the response from the public regarding the control order.
“I know I cannot get 100% but if we reach 95%, it is good enough. People must realise that the threat of the virus is real and it is not made up, ” he added.
If the situation worsens, the IGP said, police might have to take a more drastic action but he hope it wouldn’t come to that.
“I don’t want it to reach a stage where the police have to detain people.
“The people should not be selfish, avoid travelling if you don’t have to, as travelling might increase the risk of infection. Stay at home, ” he said.
He also called on the public to heed the message by the Prime Minister on Wednesday night.
“Let’s cooperate and stop the spread of the virus, ” he said.