With Hari Raya fast approaching, the authorities are keeping a close eye on the highways and state borders as they anticipate Malaysians to try and sneak back to their hometowns.
Despite an interdistrict and interstate travel ban put in place, many stubborn Malaysians are still trying their luck, it seems.
Motorists were turned back
Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid told Bernama
that the police have stopped and turned back countless Malaysians who tried to cross districts and states without permissions.
“We have already mounted the roadblocks (SJR) from yesterday (9 May) and found that thus far there were still many stubborn road users attempting to do inter-state travel without valid reasons. They were ordered to turn back," he was quoted as saying.
ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin told the news agency that despite that, most of them were left off with just a warning and were asked to turn back.
However, the police will not hesitate to issue compounds to errant drivers immediately without compromise.
To help facilitate traffic movements during working days, ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said that additional routes will be opened, but strict checks will still be applied.
On Saturday (8 May), Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that all interstate and interdistrict travels are not allowed without a permit from PDRM from 10 May to 6 June.
ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin told Bernama
that a lot of stubborn motorists tried to use lame excuses to try and get past the roadblocks.
"Among their reasons were sending clothes to friends’ houses in Shah Alam, buying goods, taking families for a shopping trip in the Shah Alam area," he was quoted as saying.
While ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin did mention that most of the motorists were turned back, it doesn't mean that you should try your luck.
If there's no reason for you to be out and about, just stay at home, OK?