MCO 3.0: Malaysian police will use drones to ensure SOP compliance during Hari Raya

Any hopes of having visitors within district lines over for Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations were quashed by a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0), with no visiting allowed now. To ensure that SOPs are complied with, Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department SAC (Operations) SAC M V Sri Kumar has confirmed that drones will be used, although this will be at the discretion of district police chiefs.

Meanwhile, he also said that visitor logs at condominiums and highrise residential areas will be checked by police as part of the operation, while requesting for the help of the public to ensure compliance.

“The public is advised to report any SOP violation during Aidilfitri festivities that happen in their residential areas to the police.”

Alongside the drones, the police will also be patrolling residential neighbourhoods to ensure that Malaysians do not go against the government’s order not to visit friends and family for Aidilfitri—even within state or district borders. This strictness will also be enforced at roadblocks on district and state lines, with Sri Kumar saying that there will be no exceptions made.

Those who attempt to cross borders without completed documents will be instructed to turn back, with compounds to be issued to rule-breakers. The enforcement, according to him, isn’t meant to put any undue pressure on the public—it is merely to ensure that the rules and regulations are complied with.

Use cases for drones are growing more varied by the day, and I’ve listed a number of articles below that show off the interesting ways that the technology can be utilised. Scroll down to the related reading section below. In any case, be sure to familiarise yourself with the SOPs and the MCO 3.0, and do your part to help the government in the fight against COVID-19.

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