Focus: the Air Itam market in Penang…


By Mohamed BasyirApril 4, 2020 @ 12:03pm

GEORGE TOWN: Authorities are using drones to monitor shoppers at the Air Itam market here to ensure better crowd control and social distancing.

Each drone will issue an alarm if it detects people clustering in a large group. This is in addition to warnings made through loud hailers and speakers by the army in the area.

“The armed forces are using drones to monitor the market here and also other locations.

“Yesterday, we used drones to check on reports that people were seen jogging at Persiaran Karpal Singh,” northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Soffian Santong said here, today.

He added that the police are also deploying its air patrol unit for surveillance using helicopters.

Speaking on the crowding situation at Air Itam, he said more shoppers are expected during the weekend.

However, he said the public is adhering to orders by authorities on the ground to maintain social distancing.

Air Itam market. - KHIS/DANIAL SAAD
Air Itam market. – KHIS/DANIAL SAAD



Monday, 30 Mar 2020 11:07 AM MYT


GEORGE TOWN, March 30 — The police are investigating a man over a social media post accusing authorities of failing to implement the movement control order (MCO) at a market here.

Northeast District Police chief Assistant Commissioner Soffian Santong confirmed receiving the police report yesterday about the allegations posted on Facebook.

“We will investigate the case under Section 505 of the Penal Code,” he said.

The law covers the offence of making statements or publishing of rumours likely to cause fear or alarm, and is punishable by a jail sentence of up to two years, a fine, or both.

Air Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng said he lodged the police report as the social media post allegedly contained baseless accusations against the authorities.

“In the post, he had accused the authorities of failing to conduct their duty to ensure social distancing in the Air Itam market and he had accused the authorities of playing favouritism,” he said.

Ng said the authorities have been working hard to control the crowd in the market since the MCO was implemented.

“It is not fair to the authorities to be accused of not doing their duty when they had implemented so many measures to ensure social distancing,” he said.

The market came under attention after social media posts were made to show the remaining crowds despite the MCO.


Here’s another false claim:


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