Penang cops looking for group involved in funeral procession for violating lockdown SOP

BUTTERWORTH: Police are looking for 15 to 20 men in connection with a funeral procession near Jalan Tiram here which violated the nationwide lockdown's standard operating procedure.

A minute-long video of the incident believed to be recorded by one of the individuals taking part in the procession went viral on social media.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said they received a police report on the incident after the video went viral on TikTok and Facebook.

“Based on early investigations, we believe the incident happened on Thursday (June 17) but the video was only posted and went viral on social media on Sunday (June 20).

“We opened an investigation paper on this and obtained details on the deceased. Police are now tracking the group of 15 to 20 individuals seen at the procession in the video dancing and walking alongside the deceased.

ACP Noorzainy said early investigations also found that the body was carried from Teluk Air Tawar to the cremation site at Jalan Tiram in a hearse.

“But at about 500m from the cremation site, the group initiated a procession along the road until they reached the cremation site.

“We urged those involved in the procession to come forward to assist in our investigations. We will also contact the funeral management party to record their statements.

He said the case will be investigated under Section 269 of the Penal Code and Rule 9 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations (conditional movement order) 2021.

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