Defying MCO: Seven Arrested In Beaufort

By ILONA ANDREW

BEAUFORT: Seven more individuals have been arrested here for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the state.

On Tuesday, police flagged down five men and a woman, who gave various unreasonable excuses for being outside, during the Op Covid-19 roadblock at Jalan Membakut Jaya, around 8.30pm.

Beaufort district police chief deputy superintendent Azmir Abd Razak said, among the reasons given by the detainees were heading to another relative’s house, meeting a friend, and strolling around town before going home.

He added that the individuals aged between 37 and 61 who were taken to the Beaufort District Police Headquarters violated the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020.

“The detainees were also found to have provided excuses that are not acceptable under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Local Infected Areas) Subregulation (2) 2020.

“The regulation clearly states that no one can move from one place to another within any local infected areas,” he said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

According to Azmir, six of them also admitted that they were aware and well-informed of the MCO as they regularly received SMS messages from the National Security Council (MKN).

On Monday, a man who had gone to the Batu 4 Surau at Kampung Padas Valley to perform his prayer was stopped.

A police officer was on patrol with the district’s Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAINS) when they detained the man, around 8.15pm.

“The act of negligence committed by the 22-year-old man may lead to the spread of Covid-19 as he was found to be in a public area without any valid reason,” said Azmir.