BUKIT MERTAJAM: Forty-eight men from Bangladesh aged between 20 and 43 and a 64 year old Malaysian arrived at the courthouse here in three police trucks at about 10.20am on Wednesday (July 21).
According to The Star, all the men were arrested for allegedly being in congregation of hundreds of foreigners outside a “surau” in Taman Pelangi on Tuesday (20th July 2021) morning and had been remanded to assist in the police investigation.
The 48 men from Bangladesh were remanded for four days while the Malaysian who was part of the group was remanded for three days starting today.
Pulau Pinang Police Chief. Comm. Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain on Tuesday said, all the 48 Bangladesh citizens had been alleged performing their Aidiladha prayers outside the “surau,” after they were denied entry as the limit of 100 people had been reached.
They then reportedly gathered on the road in front of the “surau” to perform their prayers.
They are being investigated under Section 269 of the Penal Code for a negligent act that could spread an infectious disease, as well as movement without permission; Section 270 of the Penal Code for spreading harmful infection; and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) (Measures in Communicable Areas) Regulations 2020.
Comm. Mohd Shuhaily said, police are tracking down about 200 of them to investigate on the gathering.-Malaysia World News