KUCHING: A total of 67 individuals who violated the movement control order (MCO) have been arrested by police over a period of 24 hours.

State Commissioner of Police (CP) Datuk Aidi Ismail stated that as of 8am yesterday, 65 men and two women have been arrested. 

He said that Sibu recorded the highest arrest with 14 individuals, Miri (12), Kota Samarahan (12), Bintulu (seven), Padawan (six), Kuching (five), Lawas (four), Saratok (three), Betong (two), Serian and Marudi with one each.

“All of them were arrested for failing to produce valid reasons to be on the streets or in public areas.

“Investigations are being conducted under Section 186 of the Penal Code and Regulation 7(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures in the Infected Areas) 2020,” he said in a statement.

If convicted, the suspects, upon conviction, can be sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of RM10,000 or both.

Aidi noted that all suspects were later released on police bail.