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More than 500 cars in 'balik kampung' attempt turned back

KUALA LUMPUR (May 16): A total of 508 vehicles that attempted to travel across state lines using an excuse to balik kampung were ordered to turn back yesterday, according to Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a Malaysiakini report today.

The Malaysiakini quoted Ismail saying those ordered to turn back were among 238,500 vehicles stopped at 146 roadblocks across the country on Day 4 of the conditional movement control order period.

"I would like to remind that roadblocks have started and actions have been taken.

"As of yesterday, the police had exercised their discretion to advise and warn, although actions were taken to order the cars to turn back," the senior minister in charge of security cluster said during a daily National Security Council Covid-19 update press conference in Putrajaya.

According to Malaysiakini, Ismail said the government have also authorised police to start issuing compounds beginning tomorrow to those caught flouting the CMCO.

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