MCO Day 5: Some Still Not Taking it Seriously

By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: While the state is seeing a higher level of compliance of the movement control order (MCO) today, some people in several areas still refused to obey the order.

In Kudat, authorities had to force some 30 guests of a wedding ceremony at a village in Sikuati to leave the event.

According to Kudat district police chief Superintendent Mohd Firdaus Francis Abdullah, police were alerted of the event by villagers who informed them of the venue.

The monitoring authorities then rushed to the location to instruct the bride and groom to discontinue the ceremony.

“This is in view of the government’s order that bans mass gatherings such as wedding ceremonies  and religious events to curb the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

Mohd Firdaus also mentioned that the police, together with other authorised agencies, will be closely monitoring the situation during the 14-day MCO period.

“Police have started conducting roadblocks to prevent the public from moving about and so far, everything is going smoothly,” he noted.

In Papar, dozens of people crammed into a supermarket which advertised the availability of long-sought hand sanitisers.

Papar district police chief Deputy Superintendent Batholomew Umpit said, the supermarket was then told to cease operation at 11.30am by the Papar local authority.