Almost 3,000 Motorists Who Tried To 'Balik Kampung', Turned Back Since Last Friday

  • 18 May 2020

Almost 3,000 people have been stopped by the police and asked to turn back by the police at state borders, since last Friday. 

According to senior minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob, a total of 1,175 commuters were stopped while trying to sneak out across state borders with the "balik kampung" excuse, and ordered to turn back, yesterday.

On Saturday, 1,248 motorists were stopped for the same reason, which was more than double than the 508 motorists stopped and turned back, last Friday. 

Ismail further warned that strict action can be taken against those who attempt interstate travel during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), while the government is trying hard to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Yesterday, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had also expressed concern over the spike in interstate travels ahead of the Hari Raya celebrations, saying that a total of 971 COVID-19 cases out of the national tally of 6,894 COVID-19 cases as of yesterday, have a history of interstate travel. 

According to him further, 18 out of the 49 clusters recorded in the country are also related to cross-border activities, and 10 of theses clusters are still active. 

Noor Hisham had then urged the public to not abuse the flexibility given by the government under the CMCO. 

Meanwhile, Ismail also today said that some customers have filled up fake personal details, such as names and numbers, when registering while entering business premises, such as restaurants. 

Among the names written were "Batman", "Superman" and even "Badang", a strongman in Malay folklore. 

This sort of stunts make tracing difficult in case of an outbreak, he lamented. 

The government is also studying the possibility of taking action against parents who take their children to crowded places like shopping malls, he added. 

Source: FMT
Photo source: Astro Awani

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