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Police personnel inspect vehicles at a roadblock along Jambatan Merdeka, at the Kedah-Penang border  May 10, 2021. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Police personnel inspect vehicles at a roadblock along Jambatan Merdeka, at the Kedah-Penang border May 10, 2021. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

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KUALA LUMPUR, july 18 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob have reminded Malaysian not to “sneak” away back to their respective hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Instead, Ismail Sabri pointed to the explosion of Covid-19 cases and clusters from the previous Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations as lessons for all Malaysians to take heed off.

“The government advised the public not to sneak back to your kampung and to remain at home so as not to be infected and infect others.

“The Increase in cases as well as clusters due to interstate travel on Aidilfitri should be a lesson so that all parties do not take lightly in complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in an effort to break the chain of Covid-19 infection,” he said in a statement today.

Ismail Sabri also reiterated the government’s seriousness in deterring not essential interstate travel by increasing police and security personnel presence on the road.

“Yesterday, PDRM reported that a total of 381,952 vehicles had been inspected at roadblocks across the country.

“For the record, since the implementation of the National Recovery Plan was implemented, the highest number of vehicles ordered to turn back was on July 16, 2021, which is 4,839,” he said.

Yesterday, Director Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also urged Malaysians to abide by Covid-19 restrictions and also pointed out the explosion of clusters in May stemming from two major festivals — Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Gawai.

Health Ministry statistics showed there were 17,106 new cases, 105 deaths and an outbreak of 267 community clusters from June 1 to July 16.

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