Duo nabbed for illegal cock fighting near Machan oil palm estate; fined RM4k each for SOP violations

The police team at the cockfighting site in Machan.

KANOWIT, May 30: Two men were arrested during an illegal cock fighting activity near an oil palm estate in Machan yesterday and also fined RM4,000 each for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO)’s standard operating procedures (SOP).

Kanowit district police chief DSP Tega Bilong said at about 4pm a police team was on patrol duty near the oil palm estate in Machan when they saw a long line of cars and motorcycles parked at the roadside.

The team immediately went to check and saw an illegal cock fighting activity taking place.

“The team managed to arrest two persons, aged 22 and 52, while the others run off to the jungle,” he said.

Tega said between 20 to 30 persons were then involved in the activity.


The two suspects have been detained for investigation under Section 3(1) of the Prevention to Animal Cruelty Act 1952.

The duo were also fined RM4,000 each for violating the SOP under the MCO.

Among the items seized from the scene were one dead rooster, one live rooster and cash RM6,032.

Tega strongly advised the people not to gather in groups but to follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) during this Covid-19 pandemic.

“Nobody should gather in groups either for cock fighting, cultural activity or just any activity. During this MCO period, everybody must adhere to the SOP,” he said.

Tega warned that his department would not hesitate to take stern action against SOP flouters. — DayakDaily