KUCHING: Sarawak police will be implementing a four-day inter-district travel restriction for those using documents issued by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti).
The instruction announced by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani last Saturday has been in effect from Sunday (July 18) until July 21.
Speaking to New Sarawak Tribune today (July 18), Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail explained that the instruction will be applied as inter-district travel here, in the state.
“This travel restriction is to prevent the public from abusing the privilege accorded in the Miti documents to return back to their villages for the coming Hari Raya Haji celebration.
“If they are still stubborn, authorities will be taking strict action against them.
“This will include the issuance of compounds and ordering them to turn back,” he said.
Earlier, IGP Acryl Sani instructed police manning roadblocks at state/district borders to increase enforcement and not accept the ministry’s letters as valid travel permits.
This was following an increase in highway traffic over the past two days.
However, the ban does not apply to emergency matters with police permission as well as health matters including vaccinations.