First arrest in Sabah over obstruction of police duties during MCO

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020

KOTA KINABALU: A 33-year-old man became the first person in the state to be arrested for obstruction of a civil servant’s duties at a roadblock put up to enforce the movement control order (MCO).

During the check along Jalan Tuaran near here on Monday (March 23) evening, the man, who was with a friend in his car, could not produce his driver's licence upon request by the police.

Kota Kinabalu OCPD Asst Comm Habibi Majinji said the police then started to issue a summonses, much to the man's chagrin.

“He questioned the action, and started raising his voice at the policeman," he said.

He added that despite the policeman's explanation, the suspect was not satisfied and was further enraged when police asked for the passenger’s identification document.

"He could not produce it as well because their documents were believed to have been left at home.

“The suspect got out of his car, went up to the policeman and started arguing with him. At one point, he started punching his car bonnet in rage," ACP Habibi said.

Police then arrested the suspect while the friend was released after questioning.

The vehicle was also seized.

ACP Habibi said the suspect was the first person to be arrested in Sabah for obstructing a civil servant's duties during the MCO period, and would be investigated for the offence.

The two-week MCO, in force since March 18, is imposed by the government to curb the transmission of Covid-19.

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