142 detained in Sarawak during third phase of MCO

Datuk Dev Kumar M.M. Sree

KUCHING, Apr 16: As police come down harder to enforce the third phase of Movement Control Order (MCO), 142 violators have been arrested in Sarawak over the past 24 hours up until 8am.

State Deputy Commissioner of Police Datuk Dev Kumar disclosed that the top three districts were Serian with 28 violators arrested, Padawan (21) and Sibu (18).

“Other districts include Bintulu (17), Kuching (16), Kota Samarahan (11), Miri (8), Sarikei (7), Limbang (5), Song (4), two each in Sri Aman, Betong and Meradong, and one in Lundu,” he said in a statement today.

Since MCO was enforced on March 18, a total of 775 violators have been arrested, 733 compound fines issued and 484 violators have been charged in court.

Under MCO phase three, Dev warned that there will be no more warning or advice but MCO violators will now be brought straight to the police station and detained in the lockup if necessary.

“Compound fines will no longer be issued. Those flouting the MCO could also be remanded. If not necessary to detain them, they will be released on police bail.

“An investigation paper will then be referred to the prosecutor for a decision in court,” he said.

If convicted, offenders will be fined not more than RM1,000 or jail not more than six months or both.

Urging people to abide by the MCO which will last until April 28, Dev advised people to stay at home unless necessary to go out.

“Snap check teams and police manning the roadblocks will conduct thorough checks on every vehicle and individual to ensure compliance with MCO,” he added.—DayakDaily