Gym users, caretaker fined for breaching SOP in lockdown


A policeman in plain clothes (right) requesting for the identity card of one of the men at the gymnasium in Jalan Bagan Luar, Butterworth.

SIX men at a gymnasium in Butterworth, Penang, were slapped with compounds for allegedly breaching the standard operating procedure during the lockdown.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said a 58-year-old man, believed to be the caretaker of the gym, and five other individuals were found at the premises in Jalan Bagan Luar, Butterworth, at about 6pm on Tuesday.

“When we conducted a spot check at the gym, the person in charge told us that he was there to arrange the equipment and to carry out some maintenance work.

“However, further investigation showed that five other men, including an underage youth, were exercising at the gym.

“The caretaker was slapped with a RM10, 000 compound notice for running a non-essential business without permission.

“The other men were slapped with RM2, 000 compound notice each for breaching the standard operating procedure during the lockdown, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

On another matter, ACP Noorzainy said seven men and a woman were arrested for gambling at a coffee shop in Taman Mesra, Mak Mandin, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday.

“They were found gambling at separate tables at the premises.

“The owner of the premises was slapped with a RM10, 000 compound notice for conducting illegal gambling activities whereas, the gamblers were issued a RM1, 500 compound notice each for failing to maintain physical distancing, ” he said.

All of those arrested were sent to the north Seberang Prai police headquarters for further investigation as police seized gambling equipment and RM2, 356 cash from the premises.

The case is being investigated under Section 6(1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

ACP Noorzainy also expressed disappointment at some individuals who failed to comply with the SOP.

“The public should be more aware of the SOP and practise them in their daily lives.

“Everyone must play their part in keeping the Covid-19 virus at bay, ” he said.

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