MCO violation: 349 arrested so far in Sarawak

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  • Thursday, 02 Apr 2020

Police personnel checking a motorcyclist's papers at a roadblock in Kuching. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: Sarawak police have arrested 349 people since the movement control order (MCO) was enforced on March 18, says state police commissioner Comm Datuk Aidi Ismail.

He said the majority of arrests were made at night, with major towns like Kuching, Sibu and Miri seeing the most number of people detained.

"They give all kinds of reasons, such as just wanting to go out or to meet friends.

"Some of them understand the MCO but are still stubborn and want to go out.

"We advise parents to keep an eye on their children, so that they don't simply go out. If they are arrested and charged, it will affect their future," he said when met at a roadblock here on Thursday (April 2).

Comm Aidi said 191 of those arrested had been charged in court and over 160 sentenced.

He said some were jailed between two weeks and two months while others were fined.

On a related matter, Comm Aidi said so far no police personnel in Sarawak had contracted Covid-19.

"To date, 97 personnel have been told to self-quarantine at home but none have tested positive yet," he said.

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