Cops arrest eight in PJ for breaching MCO with ridiculous excuses

KUALAL LUMPUR (March 28) A restaurant owner and three foreigners were among eight people arrested in Petaling Jaya yesterday for violating the government's movement control order (MCO), said a Malaysiakini report today.
The report said police officers tasked with monitoring MCO compliance through a series of operations which include roadblocks and patrols in Taman Medan had also encountered ridiculous excuses given by some who could not produce valid reason when asked why they were not staying home.

"One of the excuses we heard tonight was from someone we stopped at our roadblock in PJS 2.

"He said he was out of the house because he wanted to fetch his girlfriend," officer Affendy Mohamad Nor from the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters told Malaysiakini.

Affendy, who was the raiding officer in charge of the operation, said they also encountered a driver who claimed that he was working in the IT sector but could not produce any evidence or letter from his employer.

Two Myanmar and a China national were also picked up after they failed to give valid reasons for breaching the MCO.

The restaurant owner, who appeared to be in his 60s, was detained after his premises in Taman Medan was found to be operating after midnight. Under the MCO regulations, eateries, food stall and restaurants are only allowed to be open from 6am to midnight.

Also picked up was his cook and a helper, both local men in their 40s and 30s.

Affendy, told Malaysiakini that all of them were taken to the district police headquarters to facilitate investigations.

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