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MCO: Man arrested after ramming roadblock, 45-minute police chase

The Star Online logo The Star Online 24/4/2020 BY AUSTIN CAMOENS
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SHAH ALAM: An impatient motorist will spend two days in lockup after ramming a police movement control order (MCO) roadblock in Sungai Besi.

Selangor Covid-19 special spokesperson Asst Comm Muhammad Yazid Muhammad Yew said the incident occurred around 4pm on Wednesday (April 22).

"The 42-year-old suspect rammed the roadblock near the Sungai Besi toll plaza and led police on a 45-minute chase before he was apprehended.

"We are investigating the case for attempted murder, obstructing public servants from dispensing their duties, defying police orders at a roadblock and attempting to negligently spread an infectious disease.

"He has been remanded for two days," he told reporters at Selangor police headquarters on Friday (April 24).

ACP Yazid said no one was injured in the incident but police equipment and vehicles sustained damage.

He said the public needed to be aware that these MCO roadblocks were in place to control public movement in order to stop the chain of of Covid-19 infection.

"Please be patient, these roadblocks are meant to stop and control traffic flow," he said, adding that in Selangor a total of 102 roadblocks were currently in place.

He said within the last 24 hours, a total of 71,368 vehicles were checked, an increase from the 45,669 he mentioned during his last press conference.

"We have conducted 2,357 snap checks in the state with 2,744 individuals given advice and warnings during these checks," he added.

He said a total of seven government and semi-government premises were being utilised as quarantine centres in Selangor, and 13 hotels had also been gazetted as quarantine centres.

ACP Yazid said a total of nine flights landed in the state via KL International Airport on Thursday (April 23) from Ethiopia, Jakarta, Japan, Singapore, Doha and Bangkok carrying 458 passengers.

"In Selangor, we have a 92.5% rate of compliance with the MCO. That being said, we have received 2,953 reports in connection with the MCO.

"We opened 1,855 investigation papers involving 4,072 arrests," he said, adding that in the last 24 hours a total of 107 individuals were arrested including 49 foreigners.

He said the districts with the most arrests and prosecutions were Petaling Jaya (466 arrests, 106 prosections), Gombak (427,100), South Klang (420,66), Serdang (370,74) and Kajang (365,106).

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