By ZAKIAH KOYA / The Star
Defence news portal Air Times News Network put up photos of troops wearing face mask and in full gear, but minus firearms, saying their prayers before being deployed to their duty stations nationwide.
"The Malaysian Armed Forces from Markas 11 Briged have been deployed to enforce Op Penawar.
"Op Penawar is the assignation of the army to assist the police to enforce Covid-19 MCO from March 18 to March 31 2020.
"The operation has been launched today (March 22)," stated the Air Times News Network.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri had announced on Friday (March 20) that the army would be deployed as there were still many Malaysians who were out on the streets despite the MCO coming into force to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Defence Force Chief Gen Tan Sri Affendi Buang on March 21 denied a viral voice message that said its personnel were allowed to beat up members of the public while enforcing MCO.