According to FMT, two workers of a restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) were fined RM5,000 for breaching movement control rules after driving 4 kilometres to an Indian grocery store to pick up stock for the restaurant.
On the way back from the store located in Kayu Ara, they were stopped by police riding motorcycles and issued a compound notice for crossing state borders without a travel permit.
While Taman Tun Dr Ismail is in Kuala Lumpur, the Kayu Ara neighbourhood is in Selangor – where a lockdown under the enhanced movement control order entered its second day today in most of the state.
Restaurant owner Shankar Santhiram said that he will appeal against the compound notice. He said the workers were unaware of the lockdown in Kayu Ara, which is part of the Petaling district, and that there were no roadblocks along the way.
Shankar said the workers had told the police they were travelling on work and had shown an approval letter from the international trade and industry ministry (MITI) allowing the restaurant to be in operation.
In a Facebook post, Shankar wrote, “When he showed them his MITI approval letter, and told them he was the chef at The Fire Grill in TTDI and that he was working, they refused to listen…
In Malaysia now, ‘little Napoleons’ will decide how to enforce the laws and choose who they will enforce them with… But when there are so many uncertainties, and rules that change daily, even the enforcers are confused”.
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Lockdown rules for EMCO areas stipulate that only those in essential services may travel with a valid approval letter from the ministry. Restaurants are listed as a permitted industry. However, only one person is allowed in private vehicles except with prior police approval.