16 nabbed in raid on entertainment centre


BINTULU: Police issued compounds to 16 customers while a premises owner was arrested following a raid on an entertainment centre in Bintulu Sentral, Jalan Tanjung Kidurong on Saturday (Sept 25).

The patrons consisted of 13 men and three women, aged between 18 to 36 years, who were found violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) by not practising physical distancing.

District police chief, Supt Zulkipli Suhaili said the errant patrons were compounded under Regulation 17 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures in Local Areas of Infection) Regulations 2021.

“Meanwhile, the 26-year-old premises owner was arrested under Section 5(1) of the Entertainment Ordinance 2000 and Section 269 of the Penal Code for operating without a licence, violating the SOPs, and committing a negligent act which can cause the spread of an infectious disease.

“The owner was also compounded under Regulation 17 (2) of the Infectious Diseases (Measures in Local Areas of Infection) Regulations 2021 for failing to ensure physical distancing, in addition to carrying out prohibited activities,” he explained.

On the raid, he stated that a Bintulu CID team carried out the raid around 12.05am during a routine SOP monitoring.

Zulkipli said the team heard noises from an entertainment centre whose front door was locked while the back door was not.

The team stormed into the premises and ordered the caretaker of the premises to turn on the lights as well as stop the music.

Also seized in the raid were three television sets, a laptop, various types of sound equipment, sales receipts and cash amounting to RM3,543.

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