14 arrested so far over MCO

PETALING JAYA: A total of 14 people have been arrested so far for various offences related to the movement control order (MCO) including violation of the stay-home order, according to statistics released by the Federal Court today.

As of yesterday, all 14 had been remanded including one each in Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Selangor, two each in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, and three cases each in Perak and Kedah.

Ten of them are being investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant from carrying out his duties, which is punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment and RM10,000 fine.

Of the 10, two pleaded guilty at magistrate’s courts in Johor and Perak and were slapped with RM5,000 fines or 10 months’ imprisonment.

The four others include a man who was sentenced to two months’ jail in Kuala Lumpur after pleading guilty under Section 353 of the Penal Code, which deals with the offence of using criminal force on a public servant in the execution of his duty.

Three others were charged or remanded over the improper use of the internet under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, while another is being investigated under the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act.

The MCO which came into effect on March 18 will run for two weeks until the end of the month.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday that the National Security Council would study the need to extend the order beyond its March 31 expiration date, depending on the situation.