Balik Kampong during the Covid-19 pandemic…

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Coronavirus: thousands of Malaysians ignore travel ban to head home for Eid celebrations

  • As the end of Ramadan approaches, Malaysia has banned interstate travel after police stations were inundated with requests for special dispensations
  • Thousands of cars have been turned back from police roadblocks already, and many others are using back roads to dodge the police

Tashny Sukumaran

Published: 2:15pm, 22 May, 2020

However, thousands of Malaysians have ignored the directive and attempted to travel to their hometowns to celebrate the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan anyway. A reported 5,000 cars were turned back from police roadblocks between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The government has warned that it will now begin issuing on the spot fines – of an as yet undisclosed amount – to people who persist despite “repeated warnings”.

The official holiday period for Eid, which begins on Saturday evening, is two days, lasting Sunday and Monday. However, it is common for Malaysians to celebrate for a week or even fortnight.

Ismail said some travellers had been caught trying to use back roads or old trunk roads – more frequently used by large vehicles transporting goods – to dodge the police. He warned such tactics would not work.

“Police will still be able to find you. It doesn’t mean you can get away with it. We might still be able to get you on the way back to Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a televised address.

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3085608/coronavirus-thousands-malaysians-ignore-travel-ban?utm_content=article&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1590131335

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1 Response to Balik Kampong during the Covid-19 pandemic…

  1. Edward Lye says:

    Time to build your own submarine. Or an autogyro and skim the treetops. The Chinese military have a 2-seater version. I don’t think our ATM have any due to the mini$cule [redacted].

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