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Bulk of RMCO offenders still nabbed at nightclubs, pubs

763 people were arrested yesterday, 608 of whom were arrested at pubs and nightclubs.

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Pub and nightclub activities continued to account for the bulk of offences against the recovery movement control order (RMCO) yesterday, with 608 people arrested, says Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said they were among 763 individuals nabbed for breaching the RMCO.

Other offences included failing to provide the necessary equipment or logs for entry (six), activities which made social distancing difficult (63), failing to wear face masks (22), holding private parties (27), and operating beyond permitted hours (one).

There were also arrests in connection with premises operating without a licence (one), cock fighting (10), suspected involvement in gambling activities (12), defying the enhanced MCO (12) and other activities (1).

In a statement, Ismail said 71 illegal immigrants, three skippers and a smuggler were also arrested.

Ten of the migrants were arrested by the armed forces in Padang Mulud, Bandar Penawar, Johor for not possessing valid identification documents.

A total of 79 roadblocks were conducted as well: 57 by the police, 10 by the Border Security Agency and 12 by the armed forces.

From July 24 until yesterday, 28,508 people returning to the country were placed at 73 hotels and eight other premises including public training institutes and private institutions of higher learning.

Of these, 10,359 are undergoing the compulsory quarantine period while 69 were sent to hospital for treatment and 18,080 were discharged and allowed to return home.

Since March 30, the government has carried out 9,937 public sanitisation operations in 134 zones involving 12,994 premises.

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