“Show the medical appointment card to cross the roadblock”

KUALA LUMPUR: Those who have an appointment with their doctor or scheduled medical treatment only need to provide the appointment card to cross the roadblocks, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The senior minister said the government had received numerous complaints from patients who needed a police permit to travel for medical appointments.

“Seeking police clearance had inconvenienced patients, especially those in need of scheduled treatment for cancer and kidney disease.

“Therefore, patients with doctor’s appointments or scheduled treatment at medical facilities do not need to apply for a police permit.

“They only need to show the appointment card when they are stopped at a roadblock,” he said yesterday.

While frontliners work hard to save patients from Covid-19, there were still those who ignore the SOP, he said.

“Lately, failure to record details has become more and more prevalent compared to other SOP violations.

“It shows that there are still those who do not take the threat of the virus seriously.

“This lack of respect for the SOP will not only weigh on the authorities, but will also have a negative impact on others,” he added.

Ismail Sabri also announced that the movement control order has been placed in Kluang district in Johor from tomorrow until May 24.

With the MCO in place, interstate and inter-district travel in Kluang was prohibited, he said.

“MCO is being imposed because we want to prevent travel during the holiday season to prevent the spread of the virus,” he said.

For more information on the SOP, visit the National Security Council website at www.mkn.gov.my.

Ismail Sabri also announced that the improved MCO has been imposed at Kampung Keramat in Semporna, Sabah, from tomorrow to May 24.

Meanwhile, in Melaka, his top cop said he too had to present his police permit letter to one of the state’s nine roadblocks from today if he planned to get out of his contingent and return home to Ayer Keroh.

“The rule applies to everyone, even police officers, whatever their rank, if they want to do any inter-state or inter-district for two weeks until June 6.

“Letters of authorization should be produced at roadblocks,” said vice-comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali.

He said he would not return to his hometown of Perak for Hari Raya.

“Like the others, I don’t have the right to cross borders,” he said.