State police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid urged Perakeans to refrain from organising and/or attending open houses during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration under the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0.
He said that this is due to concerns of the worrying spike of cases in the state recently.
“I advise the public to strictly look after their own safety and that of their loved ones by not having house-to-house visits and attending any open houses. This is to ensure that risks of COVID-19 transmissions are reduced to the least or none.”
He told reporters during a media session at the Jelapang Toll (Southbound) of the PLUS North-South Expressway earlier today (May 15).
According to the latest statistics by the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia, Perak recorded the highest infectivity rate (R-Naught (R0/RT)) of all states in the country, at 1.32.
In a related matter, Mior added that a house owner in Tanjung Malim was fined RM2,000 for having held an open house yesterday (May 14).
“We received information regarding this, thanks to reports lodged by the public. We would also like to reiterate that the police of Perak are constantly monitoring adherence to SOPs and compounds will be issued against anyone found in non-compliance,” he mentioned.
From May 12 to 14, some 8,807 applications to travel interstate/interdistrict had been received. Out of the total, 160 were disapproved, with 41 compounds issued for failing to present travelling permits.
“Some of the excuses received were social reasons such as wanting to visit their parents, relatives and/or to attend reunions and occasions, with some others claiming that they wanted to visit their lands.
“In the same duration, 185 vehicles were ordered to return to where they came from at expressway roadblocks (SJR).
“We request for the public to cooperate with the authorities by following SOPs. Stay at home and refrain from going out if there aren’t any absolute valid reasons to do so.
“These are tough times we’re living in. Let’s focus on breaking the infection chain of COVID-19 for now,” Mior stressed.