6 arrested for obstruction at power substation in Miri

The scene at the Sarawak Energy substation in Kampung Lereng Bukit, Miri, this morning (June 27, 2019).

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, June 27: Four men and two women were arrested this morning when they allegedly obstructed work to remove illegal barriers set up by villagers at the main entrance of a Sarawak Energy Bhd substation in Kampung Lereng Bukit here.

The barricade was meant to prevent Sarawak Energy and other relevant government agencies from entering the area.

The six, believed to be family members, came in a car at about 7.50am and parked right in front of the substation’s main entrance in spite of the presence of Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah and 46 policemen.

The cops were there since 6am to oversee Sarawak Energy personnel and those from the Miri Land and Survey Department dismantling the barricade.

“They (six protesters) parked their car in front of the main entrance to the substation. We advised them to move the vehicle to another place, but they refused,” said Lim when contacted.

Hence, he explained, police had no choice but to detain all of them for questioning. The offence is framed under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing civil servants from discharging their duties. — DayakDaily