MCO Day 5: Higher Level of Compliance in Penampang

PENAMPANG: The fifth day of the nationwide Movement Order Control (MCO) saw a higher level of compliance in Penampang as there was a major drop of vehicles and people’s movement.

It also marked the beginning of the Malaysia Armed Forces (ATM) involvement in enforcement the MCO  as they assisted police in manning roadblocks in several areas.

Speaking to reporters, Penampang district police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Haris Ibrahim said, the police in the district were assisted by personnel from the Lok Kawi Army Camp in monitoring certain premises.

“We are planning to deploy enforcement to four locations in Penampang, namely Lok Kawi-Putatan, Putatan-Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Penampang Bypass, and Jalan Bundusan. Two soldiers will be placed at each roadblock to assist the police.

“We are joining forces to ensure that we can raise public awareness on the importance of complying with the 14-day MCO that began March 18,” he said during a roadblock operation here, Sunday.

According to Mohd Haris, the fifth day of the MCO saw a positive development where 95 percent compliance was achieved as a majority of Penampang residents now understand that the order is important to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.

“We also expect up to 95 per cent of permitted business operators to obey the order to operate within the set timeframe,” he said.