Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, personally drove around Kuala Lumpur today (Friday, 20th March) to observe the current movement control order.
According to Astro Radio News, the King spent roughly 30 minutes at roadblocks at Jalan Semantan, Jalan Hartamas and Jalan Tun H S Lee. He was accompanied by his son, Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah.
“There are still a number of vehicles on the roads, but I hope this will reduce soon for the benefit of all Malaysians,” he was quoted as saying, after observing the traffic along the Duke Highway earlier today. Agong was also seen standing at a road with the PDRM on duty as they monitor passing vehicles.
NST reported that an army force will be deployed to civilian areas starting from this Sunday to assist the police in enforcing movement control order. “Based on today’s meeting, it was decided that the army will be helping the police in monitoring the situation, especially on the people’s compliance with instructions announced by the government for them to stay at home,” said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.
He added, “The police can actually take action against those who disobey the order. The only reason the police have yet to do so is because, at the moment, we prefer to give advice rather than making arrests. The police notified us that if the people continue to ignore the order and they can no longer compromise, legal action will be taken against rule-breakers.”
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong spent about 30 minutes at roadblocks at Jalan Semantan, Jalan Hartamas and Jalan Tun H S Lee in Kuala Lumpur to see first hand, how operations are and to advise motorists to adhere to the government's Movement Control Order. pic.twitter.com/LLpeImMWyd
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According to The Star, Ismail has also announced that school holidays in Malaysia will be extended till 31st March. This objective is for parents and children to continue to remain at home.