A group of teenagers in Kepong who defied the Movement Control Order (MCO) were 'fined' with push-ups and ketuk ketampis yesterday, 29 March
With Kepong being declared as a 'COVID-19 red zone', more police and Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) personnel have been deployed to the area to enforce higher compliance to the MCO.
In a video made available to Nanyang Daily, the group is seen being punished by Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) officers at a neighbourhood park in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.
According to the Chinese daily, the video was filmed by former Nanyang Press group editor-in-chief Datuk Hoong Soon Kean.
Hoong said the group was spotted gathering and singing at a field in Kepong Baru at about 3pm on Sunday, defying the MCO in broad daylight
The police were alerted about the group's activity and came to the scene to disperse the gathering.However, the PDRM officers did not let them off easily. Before they could go back home, the officers allegedly instructed them to do push-ups and ketuk ketampi, a classic form of punishment that requires people to use their hands to pinch their earlobes as they perform squats.
The punishment was caught in a 46-second-long video that has since gone viral on Nanyang Daily's Facebook page. It was also uploaded to a Kepong community Facebook page, gathering over 2,500 shares at the time of writing.
Many netizens flooded the comments section to commend the PDRM officers' method of handling the matter, while some joked that the young adults deserve a more intense workout
"Burn their energy then (they) will not move around. Good job," commented a netizen on the Kepong community Facebook page.
"Not enough, add burpees," wrote an elated Facebook user.
"What a great exercise. Can build biceps and strengthen glute muscles," another person said in jest.
One netizen even suggested that the PDRM follow India's police, who use canes to whip those who defy the lockdown.
On 22 March, Kepong along with three other areas in Kuala Lumpur were declared as 'COVID-19 red zones'
According to New Straits Times, the move was announced by Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
Currently, the Lembah Pantai parliamentary constituency, Titiwangsa, Kepong, and Cheras are being guarded by some 5,000 enforcement officers, including 1,413 MAF, 1,500 policemen, and 1,500 authorities from the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL).
KL Police Chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the extra personnel in those areas is necessary because public movement in the areas remains high despite the authorities' efforts to bring it down, reported theSundaily.
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