Covid-19: Man arrested for breaching quarantine after making police report while hiding pink bracelet

PETALING JAYA: A 21-year-old man defied a quarantine order to lodge a police report on a mobile phone he had just purchased.

The suspect hid his Health Ministry medical bracelet and went to the Damansara police station to lodge a report on Tuesday (Oct 20) afternoon.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the suspect was arrested at around 3.20pm on Oct 20 within the compound of the Damansara police station.

"Investigations revealed he came to the police station to lodge a report claiming that the mobile phone he had purchased online had arrived but was not the same as was advertised.

"While he was lodging the report, the man confessed he was still undergoing quarantine and hid the medical bracelet above his wrist," he said Tuesday.

He added that the man was arrested shortly after and released on police bail.

"We are investigating the case for negligently committing any act which is likely to spread the infection of a disease dangerous to life, and not complying with the orders of the Health director-general to undergo quarantine," he said.

He added that the suspect could face a maximum two years' jail or a fine or both if convicted.

ACP Nik Ezanee warned those undergoing quarantine to comply with the orders of the District Health Office and Health Ministry.

"We will not hesitate to take stern action against anyone who does not comply.

"Petaling Jaya police will be out and about ensuring the public here adheres to the standard operating procedures during the conditional movement control order(MCO) here," he said.

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