No escaping the law

A policeman checking for the MySejahtera registration on the mobile phone of a customer at a coffee shop in Butterworth, Penang.

AT the sight of uniformed enforcers entering the dim sum restaurant, an Indonesian woman working there tried to make a dash for her freedom in Butterworth, Penang.

But the 46-year-old woman’s desperate attempt was foiled because about 20 personnel comprising policemen and

enforcers from Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), state Health Department and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry had surrounded the building.

They were initially only monitoring compliance of the movement control order.

Policewomen grabbed and held the woman down on the floor before she was handcuffed in front of dozens of stunned customers enjoying dim sum for breakfast yesterday.

Checks in the kitchen later led to the arrest of four Myanmarese men who worked there.

The restaurant’s owner and an employee were fined for not complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set for MySejahtera check-ins.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the Indonesian woman and Myanmarese men did not have valid travel documents.

Enforcement officers detaining the foreign workers for not having valid travel documents at the restaurant in Butterworth.Enforcement officers detaining the foreign workers for not having valid travel documents at the restaurant in Butterworth.

“Without these documents, they do not have a valid permit to work.

“The Myanmarese men aged between 23 and 31 years were cooperative but we faced some resistance from the Indonesian woman who tried to escape.

“A 69-year-old male employee of the restaurant was issued a compound for not checking in with his MySejahtera app while the restaurant’s owner, a 29-year-old man, was also fined for failing to ensure that the employee had checked in, ” said ACP Noorzainy after the operation.

No other patron in the restaurant was found to have violated SOP requirements.

ACP Noorzainy said the operation led by Mak Mandin’s station chief Insp Roslan Mat involved 100 personnel and checks were done on many business premises in Kepala Batas, Mak Mandin, Butterworth and Sungai Dua.

Separately, on Tuesday, 12 people aged between 44 and 84 years were arrested at an eatery in Jalan Tamby Kecil for illegal mahjong gambling.

ACP Noorzainy said police seized furniture, gambling accessories and cash to facilitate investigations under Section 6(1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

“During interrogation, the detainees admitted to being involved in gambling.

“They were each also issued a compound for violating SOPs for offences such as gathering, failure to wear masks and to ensure sufficient physical distancing, ” said ACP Noorzainy.

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