Tawau cops: Strict action against those damaging barbed wire, barricade tapes

TAWAU (Bernama): Strict action will be taken against those found damaging police property - such as barbed wire and barricade tapes - along several routes during the movement control order, says district police chief ACP Peter Umbuas.

He said those who commit such offences could be investigated under the Penal Code, the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, as well as the Police Act 1967.

"The installation of barbed wire and tape on certain routes indicates that the area is closed, and serves as a stern reminder to the public that the road cannot be used as long as the MCO is implemented," he said in a statement on Wednesday (April 21) night.

He urged the public to come forward and file complaints if they saw anyone engaged in such acts.

He was commenting on several viral pictures on social media showing the barbed wire and barricade tape installed by the police along several routes believed to have been damaged by irresponsible individuals.

The MCO in Tawau was initially implemented from April 3 to April 16, but it has since been extended to April 30. - Bernama

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