35 slapped with compounds

Police conducting raids at two entertainment centres and two eateries around Kuching.

KUCHING: Thirty five individuals were fined RM1,000 each during Ops Bersepadu raids at four premises for failing to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) period.

Acting district police chief Supt Merbin Lisa explained that the raids were carried out by a team from Kuching district police headquarters (IPD) from 8pm to 11pm on Friday.

“The individuals (25 men and 10 women) were detained in raids conducted on two entertainment centres located at Premier 101 and Gala City Commercial Centre, and two eateries at Kuching Waterfront Kuching and Metro City, Gita.

“The individuals failed to observe social distancing inside the said premises and had violated the SOPs,” he said in a statement.

They were then taken to the police station for compounding purposes in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) (No. 7) Regulations 2020.

Merbin noted that the police team also inspected 218 individuals during raids at 32 premises around Kuching, namely at Kuching Waterfront, Premier 101, Saradise Commercial Centre and Metro City, Gita.

In another separate case, police also arrested five men in three separate locations — Tun Salahudin bridge, Taman Stampin Baru, and Kampung Stampin.

“Two men who tested positive for drugs were arrested at Tun Salahudin bridge and will be investigated under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

“Police arrested another duo in Taman Stampin Baru area, for possessing drugs suspected to be syabu weighing 0.35g.

“The men tested positive for drugs and will be investigated Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said.

Merbin added that the fifth man was arrested in Kampung Stampin for alleged substance abuse after he was tested positive for drugs. The man will be investigated under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.