KOTA KINABALU: The authorities will investigate those involved in a “beer party” at a quarantine centre in Likas and those who spread videos of the incident, says Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali (pic).
He said the case is being investigated under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Act and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act.
“No arrests have been made. Statements will only be taken after those involved have completed their quarantine and treatment, ” he said when contacted on Wednesday (Jan 20).
He said apart from the beer drinkers, those who helped spread the video might also be called up to assist in the investigation.
Earlier, Hazani also mentioned that they were checking if frontliners including medical officials and police personnel had helped the patients in any way to bring in the alcohol.
He urged all patients to comply with the SOP when in quarantine.
Last week, a 12-second video was circulated showing a group of patients sitting together to enjoy beer at the quarantine centre.
The video triggered a wave of reactions from social media users, with some saying that the authorities should not be too harsh on the drinkers as they must have been too bored being cooped up at the centre and were not causing any nuisance.
Others, however, called for a thorough probe into the matter and stern action be taken as alcohol consumption is banned in government premises.