Penang cops pick up 21 for defying MCO


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 28 Mar 2020

KEPALA BATAS: Twenty-one people, including four Thai nationals were arrested in two nights by the police for defying the movement control order (MCO) here.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said 12 men were arrested at different locations for violating the MCO on Friday (March 28) night.

“The first arrest was at Kuala Muda in Penaga at around 11.10pm.

“The Kepala Batas police station Ops Covid-19 team was patrolling the area and found six men, aged between 30 and 33 years old, hanging out at a shack.

“They were given warnings but they refused to leave and were arrested under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 and were brought back to the police station.

“Urine tests were carried out and they were all tested negative, ” he said in a statement Saturday (March 28).

ACP Noorzainy added that the second arrest was carried out at 11.20pm where four men, aged between 26 and 56 years old, were found gathering at Pasar Bisik Kuala Muda, Penaga.

“They were given warnings and asked to return home but they refused to leave.

“The police arrested them under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 and one of them tested positive for methamphetamine, ” he said.

In Mak Mandin, two men were arrested at around 1.50am where the Ops Covid-19 patrol was being carried out along Jalan Permatang Pauh.

“Two men, believed to be 18 and 21 years old, were riding on a motorcycle and failed to give a valid reason for leaving their homes. They were brought to the North Seberang Prai police station but failed to show their identity documentation, ” he said.

On March 26, nine suspects, including four Thai nationals, were arrested for defying the MCO.

Five men were arrested by the north Seberang Prai police station Covid-19 task force at 10pm at Jalan Permatang Sintok in Kepala Batas as they were found sitting together and ignoring the MCO.

ACP Noorzainy said they had previous criminal records and will be investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

“Another four Thai nationals, two men and two women, were arrested for defying the MCO and failing to submit their identification and violating passport requirements.

“The four of them will be investigated under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959 and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, ” he said.

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