Another 56 detained for defying MCO


KUCHING: Police arrested 56 more individuals for defying the movement control order (MCO) between 8am on Monday and 8am yesterday.

State Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said that Kuching recorded the most arrests with 27 offenders.

“This was followed by Miri with nine; Padawan (eight); Betong (four); Sarikei (three); two each in Sri Aman and Belaga; and one in Bintulu.

“The latest figure brings the tally of arrests made throughout Sarawak to 1,823 since March 18,” he said in a statement.

Aidi added that so far, 98 individuals have been charged in court for the offence.

Kuching recorded the most individuals charged with 30; followed by Saratok (15); Betong (12); Sarikei (10); eight each in Miri and Kota Samarahan; Sibu (seven); Padawan (five); Matu Daro (two); and Kanowit (1).

To date, the total of individuals charged in court for violating the MCO stands at 1,157.

All offenders were detained under Section 186 of the Penal Code and Regulation 7(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.