‘Water fest’ revelry lands 21 Myanmar workers in trouble

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Twenty one Myanmar nationals, who participated in a “water festival” in front of a house here, have been arrested.

The 21 people were dancing and spraying water from rubber hoses on one another when police

raided the house in Taman Bidara at 2.30pm on Saturday, said Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief ACP Shafee Abd Samad.

In Myanmar, the Water Festival is usually held in mid-April to celebrate the Myanmar New Year.

He said those arrested included a woman. They were aged between 20 and 30.

“They were noisy and dancing to the blaring music in the background. They were neither practising social distancing nor wearing face masks, ” he said when contacted yesterday.

He said the revellers, believed to be factory workers, tried to escape but police managed to round them up.

One of them, believed to be drunk, pushed policemen in a bid to resist arrest, he said.

ACP Shafee said that police raided the place after getting public complaints.

He said they were being investigated under Sections 186 and 269 of the Penal Code as well as Regulation 19 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2021 for violating the movement control order.

Meanwhile, Seberang Perai Utara district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said two men were arrested for drink

driving in Jalan Chain Ferry, Butterworth, at 6am yesterday.

The two, aged 35 and 37, worked as a mechanic and a lorry driver, he said. — Bernama

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