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KUALA LUMPUR: As the country enters the second week of the Movement Control Order (MCO), the Defence Ministry has found that many people are still flouting the directive which came into effect on March 18.

Its minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said police arrested 110 people yesterday for going against the MCO.

At a press conference today, Ismail said five per cent of the people still violated the order, adding that the police’s tactic now might change from “advising” to “stern action”.

“The police will now be more stern. I have received many messages from Malaysians who want the police to be more strict.

“They don’t want the five per cent to affect the 95 per cent who have been adhering to the MCO,” he said.

Ismail added that the police would continue to conduct roadblocks at 23 areas near tolls.

He also said the National Security Council (NSC) would tighten their standard operating procedures to improve MCO compliance rate.

“The NSC will come up with a stricter SOP to ensure that the measures implemented can curb the Covid-19 outbreak.”

Ismail said the new SOP would be presented by the NSC on Saturday.

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 A traffic crawl in Kuala Lumpur on March 25, despite the Movement Control Order. - NSTP/SAIFULLIZAN TAMADI.
A traffic crawl in Kuala Lumpur on March 25, despite the Movement Control Order. - NSTP/SAIFULLIZAN TAMADI.
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