Daily MCO arrests almost doubles to 141 in Sarawak

Datuk Dev Kumar M.M. Sree

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KUCHING, April 20: Police have arrested 141 individuals, almost double the number as compared to yesterday, for violating the movement control order (MCO) across the state in the last 24 hours.

Yesterday, police arrested 83 people.

Sarawak deputy police commissioner Datuk Dev Kumar in a statement dislcosed Kuching recorded the highest number of arrests at 45, folowed by Padawan (22); Miri (18); Mukah (6); five each in Kota Samarahan, Sarikei and Sibu; four each in Sibu, Saratok and Maradong; three each in Serian, Betong, Kapit; two each in Bintulu, Bau, Lubok Antu, Simunjan, Belaga and Dalat; while Sri Aman and Julau each recorded one arrest.

“The offenders could not offer any valid reasons for being out of the house, and therefore were arrested before they were taken to the police station for their statements to be taken,” Dev added.

Offenders are liable to a maximum fine of not more than RM1,000, or an imprisonment term of six months, or both, upon conviction under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

A total of 1,235 people have been arrested for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Sarawak since its enforcement began on March 18. — DayakDaily