MIRI: Miri police arrested 18 people including three foreigners yesterday in an operation to monitor the enforcement and compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

Miri district police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said the individuals were rounded up around 12.05am during a raid at an entertainment centre at Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre.

“Prior to the raid, a team of police officers patrolled the area during a round of inspection around Miri City and entered the premises through its front door.

“They found 12 men and six women aged between 23 and 47 singing in the karaoke rooms and consuming alcohol,” he said in a statement

Lim added two of the women were Chinese nationals, one of the men was an Indonesian while the others were locals.

During the raid, police also confiscated karaoke equipment including a television set, a karaoke box, a speaker, a power amp and microphones from the premises.

The suspects are being remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 186 and Section 269 of the Penal Code, Regulation 3 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within Infected Local Areas) (No.6) Regulations 2020, Section 5(2) of the Entertainment Ordinance 2001.

The foreigners are arrested under Rule 39 (b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963, and Section 6 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act 1956/63.