Pulau Gaya man smashes windscreen of cop van
Published on: Sunday, March 29, 2020
By: Stefanie Myla, Mardinah Jikur and Lagatah Toyos
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Kota Kinabalu: A 40-year-old man was arrested for trying to attack a Malaysian Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel who told him that he would have to wait for over two hours before returning to Pulau Gaya near here.

The man had gone to the market on the mainland at about 7am on Friday to sell fish with his friend and wanted to return home at about 2.15pm.

However, Rela members on duty stopped him and said he could only return at 5pm, according to the movement control order (MCO).

City Police Chief ACP Habibi Manjiji said the dissatisfied suspect then approached the personnel with two sticks.

“While holding the sticks, he shouted at them, asking why they refused to let him go,” he said.

Rela members explained that according to the MCO, the boat ride back to Pulau Gaya had been restricted to between 5pm and 7pm.

“The man was not satisfied and continued shouting, saying he was not afraid to die,” he said, adding that police were called in and the suspect was nabbed.

He was taken to the police station in a patrol van but the suspect broke the back window once inside by smashing his head against it.

“He tried to escape through the broken window but was stopped from doing so,” he said.

He said the suspect injured his head and arms in the process and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Habibi said the man would be investigated for obstructing a civil servant from carrying out his duties.

In SANDAKAN eight people were arrested at three separate locations Friday, for violating the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO).

Sandakan District Chief Police, ACP Mohd Azhar Hamin said one was detained at Bandar Sandakan, five in Kg Forest, while the other two in Taman Merpati.

“As for the arrests in Taman Merpati, in addition to violating the MCO, they were also suspected to be involved in drug trafficking.

Azhar said the case was being investigated under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988. 

Those suspected of being involved in drug activities would be investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, he said.

In TAWAU, police have arrested a 34-year-old who tried to escape during the Movement Control Order (MCO) patrolling behind of Taman Megah Jaya shoplots at about 5:30pm on Friday.

District police chief ACP Peter Umbuas said the suspect accelerated his Proton Iswara Aeroback while being approached. 

Suddenly, the suspect stopped his car by the road shoulder and got off the car. 

He then returned to his car and locked himself inside.

After three minutes, the suspects unlocked his car and opened the door for police inspection. 

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There was nothing wrong from the inspection but the police sent him to Tawau police station together with his car for further investigation under Section 270 of Penal Code/Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

The suspect was remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code starting from March 28-31, 2020.

Peter warned all people to comply with the restrictions of MCO orelse strictly action would be taken against them.

In LAHAD DATU, two employers and six hardware workshop workers were arrested Saturday for failing to comply with the MCO.

 District Police Chief ACP Nasri Mansor said the employers and their workers were detained following an inspection on the hardware workshop about 11am.

 “During inspection, we found six men aged between 19 and 37 lifting and arranging the hardware in the shop. 

They were later detained with their employers aged 47 and 50.

 “Investigation found that the workers came to work since March 23 following the order of their employers who claimed that their wages will be deduct if they not come to work,” he said, adding that the eight suspects comprised six locals and two Indonesians.

 Nasri said investigation was carry out under Section 269 of the Penal Code, Section 22(b) of Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease Act 1988 (Act 342) and Rules 3(1) of Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease Rules (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

 He urged all to comply with the MCO to prevent the spread of Covid-19.




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