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IGP hopes harsher penalties for motorists who cause death

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador hopes motorists who ignore safety and cause death of other road users will face harsher penalties.

He said the punishment would serve as a lesson to all parties to ensure such things would never recur.

“During the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, all movements have been restricted. However, there are others who drink driving and causing fatal accidents. This is obviously an irresponsible act,” he said when met by reporters outside the Serdang Hospital, here today.

He spent almost an hour in the hospital’s Forensic Department visiting the remains of a policeman who was killed after a four-wheel drive vehicle hit him who was on duty at a roadblock near the Kajang South Toll Plaza, at the Kajang-Seremban Expressway (LEKAS) earlier today.

In the 2.11 am incident, Corporal Safwan Muhammad Ismail, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene due to severe injuries to his body and head after being hit by a Toyota Hilux, driven by a suspected drunk driver.

Abdul Hamid described the incident on the 10th day of Ramadan as heartbreaking.

“I was saddened when early this morning I was informed of this accident that should not have happened.

“I also learned that the late Corporal Safwan has nine siblings and he was the quiet one. He also has a family member who worked as police officer. His father was a former VAT69 commando in Ulu Kinta, Perak and retired three years ago,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Five men fined RM1,000 each for praying in surau during MCO

Five men who were caught performing a congregational prayer in a surau in Kijal were fined RM1,000 each by the Magistrate’s Court here today for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO).

They are Aziz Ali,67; Muhamad Yahya Ibrahim (53); Sulaiman Salleh (60); Zairiafizan Sulaiman (37); and Zulkifli Abu Bakar (59), who pleaded guilty to the charge before Magistrate Nurunaim Abdullah.

All of them were charged with violating Regulation 6 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, which is enforced under MCO, by conducting religious activity at the Surau Titian Berayun, Kijal here, at 9 pm last April 30.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Muhyiddin conveys condolences over corporal Safwan’s death

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today expressed condolences to the family of late Corporal Safwan Muhammad Ismail who died after being hit by a four-wheel drive vehicle while manning a roadblock at the Kajang South Toll Plaza earlier today.

Muhyiddin, through his Facebook account, expressed sadness over the news and considered it a loss to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

“On behalf of the government, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and the PDRM. I hope this tragedy does not dampen the spirit of the PDRM personnel and other frontliners in carrying out their responsibilities.

“May his soul be blessed and placed among the believers,” he said.

In the 2.11 am incident, Safwan, 31, died at the scene due to severe body and head injuries after he was hit by a Toyota Hilux driven by a suspected drunk driver at a roadblock at the Kajang South Toll Plaza on the Kajang-Seremban Expressway (LEKAS).

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: Seremban market closed from today

The Seremban wet market has been closed beginning today due to COVID-19 cases among some of the traders.

Seremban City Council (MBS) mayor Datuk Zazali Salehudin said the decision on the market’s closure, for at least three days, was made on the advice by the Negeri Sembilan Health Department after it received information regarding COVID-19 cases involving some of the market traders yesterday.

“The closure also involved all shops near the market,” he added.

He said the immediate action was taken for MBS to carry out cleaning and disinfection at the market and the surrounding area.

There is yet an official information on the COVID-19 cases involving traders at the market, but proactive action has been taken by MBS as preventive measures,” he said after overseeing sanitising work at the market, today.

Last Friday, 15 out of 20 traders at the Seremban wet market with close contact with traders at the Selayang wholesale market traders, underwent  COVID-19 screening. Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Upcoming Parliament session best left as one-day sitting – Takiyuddin

KUALA LUMPUR The upcoming Dewan Rakyat session on May 18 is best left as a  one-day sitting to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said.

In a statement today, he said the decision takes into account the government’s stand that mass gatherings were not conducive for the time being.

He said as such, the seating arrangements of all MPs will also be changed accordingly so as to keep to social distancing directives.

“This is to ensure all MPs are able to take part in the session within the scope of standard operating procedures set by the Health Ministry,” he said.

The government has also agreed to introduce several relevant bills to be tabled at the July sitting following the effects of COVID-19 on the general public, businesses and companies.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Illegal Immigrants: Another raid conducted in Masjid India

The Immigration Department carried out another raid on illegal immigrants in the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) area at Masjid India today.

The operation, which began at 9 am targeted the Selangor Mansion Building which is believed to be the main dwelling for foreigners in the area.

It was carried out in collaboration with the police, the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Last Friday, over 300 enforcement personnel raided the area around Masjid India.  which is mostly populated by foreign citizens from countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

A check by Bernama at the main entrance to the EMCO area saw  several police trucks entering there at about 10 am.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Private vehicles allowed to carry four family members

KUALA LUMPUR The government has decided to allow private vehicles to carry four persons on the condition they are from the same house and family following the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from tomorrow.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the approval was given as the issue of social distancing did not involve family members who have been living in the same house.

“As such the government has decided to allow private vehicles to carry four persons provided they are from the same family who have been living in the same house.

“Nonetheless, I believe some would try to take friends but action would taken against those found infringing the standard operating procedure,” he told the daily MCO media conference here today.

Touching on public transport operation which is resuming tomorrow, Ismail Sabri said commuters and operators would have to abide by the guidelines set by the government.

He stressed that it was important to facilitate the movement of the people to and from work when the CMCO is implemented.

“This include adhering to social distancing and cleanliness requirements. For public transport, the total number of passengers would be limited to half of the actual capacity,” he said.

He said enforcement personnel would be deployed to assist and monitor compliance to the guidelines in the government’s effort to break the COVID-19  infection chain for the safety of the people.

Elaborating on CMCO which is starting tomorrow, Ismail Sabri said those who have decided to start operation, have to comply with every SOP set by the government.

He emphasized that the government understands the anxiety of the people against the reopening of the business and industrial sectors which would involve mass movements.

“In fact, many also expressed worries that the CMCO may cause a spike in COVID-19 infection,” he said.

Therefore the people are advised to practise self-regulation to ensure they stay away from the pandemic and break the COVID-19 infection chain.

Ismail Sabri said members of the public are also urged to play their roles and shoulder their responsibilities to ensure they themselves, their families and communities are safe and avoid going to public places if there is no need to go out of the house.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency