Man jumps into sea to evade cops for MCO violation

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By Chew Lip Song

HOW far would you go to evade the police for violating the movement control order (MCO)? A man in Penang jumped into the sea and swam for about 50 metres in a bid to give the cops the slip for loitering with friends at a jetty yesterday.

Bernama reported that the man, in his 20s, also refused to come ashore after jumping off a fish landing jetty in Jelutong, Penang, despite being persuaded several times by the police in the 5.30pm incident.

The police decided to stop pursuing the man, fearing that he might swim out further to sea and endanger his life.

Meanwhile, 13 of his friends, aged 21 and 70 years, who tried to escape were arrested by the police in Ops Covid-19 conducted by a Northeast district police headquarters team.

In the operation beginning at 5 pm, Northeast district police chief ACP Soffian Santong said police also arrested three more men, including a Bangladeshi, at the Taman Manggis People’s Housing Project, here, for loitering at a motorcycle parking lot and giving the excuse they were waiting for a laptop from a friend.

However, he said, further examination revealed that the 21 to 25-year-olds were just sitting there chatting instead of waiting for a laptop.

In addition, Soffian said police also arrested four men, aged 20 to 40 years, for carrying out bird-hunting activities in the forest area of ​​Tanjung Tokong, here.

Meanwhile, Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) district acting police chief Supt Mohd Mustafa said the police had arrested 24 individuals, between the ages of 20 and 50 years, in the district in the last 24 hours for flouting the MCO.

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