Police slam people gathering at public spots


  • Brunei
  • Tuesday, 21 Apr 2020

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) issued a stern reminder after several photos were circulated on social media, showing a public gathering and leisure activities at a recreational spot.

“This is an irresponsible attitude, and reflects indifference towards government efforts to curb the Covid-19 outbreak that the country is still facing,” said the RBPF in a statement yesterday.

The RBPF warned that anyone found to be in violation of the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204, could face a fine of up to B$10,000 (about RM31,000) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both, for the first offence.

For the second or subsequent offences, the penalty is a fine of B$20,000 (RM61,000) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar yesterday called on the public to adhere to the directives and guidelines issued by the government.

“The ministry wishes to remind again, that any activity involving mass gatherings in public places – especially parks, recreational forest sites, beaches and lakes – is strictly prohibited. The public must carry out their social responsibilities and cultivate preventive measures, as the new case is proof that our country is still under the threat of the Covid-19 outbreak,” he said.

“We should remain vigilant, and not be so complacent.” — Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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