Cops deny issuing fine to man on his way home from shopping

- Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Police have denied issuing a fine, allegedly to a road user in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur who was returning home with his wife after shopping for essential items during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Zairulnizam Mohd Zainuddin @ Hilmi said police were advising Malaysians against unnecessary travel during the two-week period, which ends on March 31.

"We advise you to stay at home if there is no pressing need to travel.

"Police are conducting roadblocks to monitor people's movement and order them to return home immediately after completing important errands or stocking up on essential items," he said.

He was responding to a message being spread on WhatsApp about a road user who claimed to have been fined RM300 at a roadblock in Taman Tun Dr Ismail after stocking up on essential items.

The road user is said to have gone shopping with her husband.

"We checked with the head of the roadblock operation and it is confirmed that no summonses or fines were issued," he said.

ACP Zairulnizam said a police report has been lodged about the viral message.

It will be investigated under section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation and Sections 211 and 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for spreading offensive content and improper use of network facilities.

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