Wednesday, June 16, 2021

More roadblocks to come in Selangor, KL, says home minister

Hamzah Zainudin also apologises for any rough treatment on the part of SOP compliance teams, saying 'they only act that way to ensure the people strictly adhere to the SOPs'.

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More roadblocks will be mounted, especially in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, following an increase in the number of vehicles on the road, says Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin.

He said this could take the number up to 1,000 roadblocks per day compared to the current 930.

“Yesterday, I noticed that there were still many vehicles plying the roads and I have discussed with the inspector-general of police (Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani) to increase the number of roadblocks in certain areas, especially in the two states (Kuala Lumpur and Selangor).

“I also made inspections in Penang and found the same situation happening in certain areas,” he told a press conference after a surprise visit to check on SOP compliance at a shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur today.

Hamzah said he was not satisfied with the number of vehicles on the road despite the total lockdown enforced nationwide on June 1.

On SOP compliance at shopping centres, he said he wants more SOP compliance teams at premises to ensure the Covid-19 infection curve is flattened.

“As we are well aware, Malaysians tend to frequent shopping centres during the weekends as a leisure activity.

“I want to tell the people to just stay home unless they really need essential items, but if they are visiting these premises just to meet and gather then I want the SOP teams to beef up their monitoring,” he said.

Hamzah also apologised to the people if there had been rough treatment on the part of SOP compliance team members, saying they had been under a lot of stress lately due to many cases of SOP violations.

“They (SOP teams) only act that way to ensure the people strictly adhere to the SOPs,” he said.

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