By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu police personnel will be sacrificing their Hari Raya breaks to continue their duty as part of the effort to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.
City police chief ACP Habibi Majinji said, a total of 1,272 police personnel will go on patrols starting tomorrow to ensure that the public comply with the standard operating procedure during the celebration.
“We will make sure that there will be no visiting of other relatives’ houses, ‘balik kampung’, open houses and prayers at the mosques, among others, in line with the state government’s directives,” he said during a press conference here, on Friday.
He added that some 30 teams involving five police personnel each have also been deployed to go on patrols around the city areas to ensure that there will be no violation of SOP during Raya and subsequent days.
Meanwhile, Habibi disclosed that a total of 261 individuals have been arrested to date for flouting the movement control order (MCO) which went into effect on March 18, including 210 cases that have been charged in court.
“Some of them were found to be at places that they were not supposed to be at, without any reasonable excuses. We have arrested the most flouters during the second phase of MCO.
“I hope that the public will continue to adhere to the SOP albeit the relaxed MCO now,” he said, adding that only one individual has been arrested throughout the conditional movement control order (CMCO).