If you’re planning to travel across state borders using your letter issued by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), police will not accept it as a valid movement permit starting yesterday, July 18.
In a statement, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the decision has been taken to prevent people from misusing these letters to celebrate Hari Raya.
“This is to avoid irresponsible parties from misusing the MITI permission letter as approval to cross states to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha,” he was quoted by New Straits Times as saying in the statement.
According to Acryl Sani, there has been an increased number of vehicles on the highways over the past couple of days, following which enforcers at all roadblocks at state borders have been directed to increase enforcement and not to accept MITI documents as a valid movement approval.
The ban is for four days until July 21 while Hari Raya falls on Tuesday, July 20.
The IGP explained that the ban does not apply to emergency matters with police permission as well as travel for medical purposes including vaccinations.
“Stern action will be taken against any violators. The public is urged to play their role in flattening the curve of COVID-19 transmission,” Acryl Sani said.