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While enjoying the long Raya break, people in Melaka thought it would be a good idea to take pictures of the field of lotus flowers at the catchment area in Taman Semabok Perdana. As it turned out, they thought wrong.
Bernama reports that 38 people were arrested on 26 May, Tuesday for gathering at the site to take pictures of the lovely scenery, thereby violating the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
The offenders were caught around noon by the police during their COVID-19 and Hari Raya Crime Prevention operation.
Police acted based on the public information that some people had gathered to take photographs of lotus flowers at the catchment area and did not follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the Health Ministry.ACP Afzanizar Ahmad, Melaka Tengah district police chief.
Melaka Tengah district police chief ACP Afzanizar Ahmad elaborated that of the 38 people caught, two were teenagers under 18 years old, 20 individuals were adults between the ages of 19 to 55 and 7 were elderly above 55 years old.
Of those arrested, 20 adults were each issued a RM1,000 compound for violating the CMCO under Regulation 7 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.
The Taman Semabok Perdana lotus bloom garnered attention online a week earlier when it was shared on Facebook.
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