11 individuals arrested, compounded for engaging in cockfight during MCO

File photo depicting the sport of cockfighting, known locally as 'sabung ayam'. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, June 27: A woman is among 11 individuals arrested by the police for engaging in cockfighting activity in the oil palm plantation area in Julau recently.

While the activity is an offence under Section 3 (1) of the Animal Cruelty Ordinance 1963, all the suspects were also compounded for violating the standard operating procedures (SOP) under the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today said the police had also compounded an individual for playing basketball during MCO, in which sports activities are prohibited.

Other SOP offences included individuals being in public areas after 10pm (20), not wearing face masks (7), gathering and no social distancing practices (6), not scanning MySejahtera (5), business premises operating beyond permitted hours (3) and vehicles carrying passengers exceeding the permitted limit (3).

Apart from that, the police also issued a compound each for a business owner operating non-essential premises, an employer for failing to ensure employee attendance capacity for the public sector does not exceed 30 per cent and an individual carrying out home renovation.

This brings the total number of daily compounds to 48 which were issued in Kuching (19), Bintulu (15), Padawan (7), Simunjan (2), Miri (2), Lawas (2) and Sibu (1).

Meanwhile, the Sarawak Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH) has issued 17 compounds under the supervision of local councils statewide.

The violations included not scanning MySejahtera or registering through the customers’ logbook (13), premises operating beyond the permitted hours (1), premises selling non-essential items (1), premises not preparing the MySejahtera QR code or the customers’ logbook (1) and premises not updating or incomplete customers’ logbook (1).

On the other hand, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sarawak conducted 357 inspections statewide today, with one compound each issued in Kuching and Sarikei respectively. — DayakDaily