By John Isaac
POLICE in Sarawak have issued seven arrest warrants for those who failed to appear in court for charges under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020.
Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said a total 150 suspects were summoned to court after they were arrested for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) throughout Sarawak since March 18.
“To date, 125 accused pleaded guilty while another 18 have pleaded not guilty,” said Aidi when contacted by Borneo Post.
He added that 69 of the accused have been jailed while another 29 were sentenced and fined. Fourteen of the accused have been slapped with only a fine.
On another note, Aidi revealed that the compliance level for the MCO in Sarawak currently stands at 95.3 per cent – an improvement of 0.3 per cent since last week.
The police, he said, have also made fewer arrests between 8am on March 18 to 8am today.
“Within that 24 hour period, a total 36 arrests have been made as compared to 46 arrests within the same period yesterday (March 31),” said Aidi.
He opined that the declining number of arrests might probably be due to people realising the importance of the MCO.
“Maybe people are also more wary after reading news of those being sentenced to jail after being found guilty for violating the MCO,” he added.