KOTA KINABALU: A 37-year-old Tawau man, who was seen arguing provocatively with a policeman in a viral video, has been arrested.
The man, who took a video of his verbal "stand off" with the police in Taman Semarak in Tawau at around 8.20am on Saturday (Feb 6), was arrested for refusing to cooperate by providing his identity documents.
Tawau district police chief Asst Comm Peter Umbuas said during the incident, a team of policemen and personnel from other agencies, including Rela, had been carrying out a Covid-19 SOP compliance check.
It is learned that a policeman then noticed the suspect in his car tailing the team and taking a video with his handphone.
When asked for his identity card, the suspect allegedly refused to cooperate and acted aggressively, raising his voice to provoke the police.
"The man remained provocative at the police station and refused to hand over his phone," he said.
ACP Peter confirmed that a video circulating on social media was linked to the police's arrest of the suspect in Taman Semarak.
He said the man was now being investigated for disobeying a police order under the Penal Code, disorderly conduct under the Police Act, as well as failing to produce an identity card and other offences under the Sabah Minor Offences Ordinance.
Police, he said, also seized a handphone and a Perodua Myvi car from the suspect, who has a record of brushes with the law in 2014 and 2016.