A woman in Butterworth, Penang allegedly defied home quarantine to visit a bank during the 14-day period upon returning from overseas
Pictures of the alleged Home Surveillance Order (HSO) violator went viral on social media after she was seen lining up outside a bank at Jalan Ong Yi How with a pink bracelet on.
According to the Penang Kini Facebook page, she was at the bank at around 11am on Wednesday, 29 July, when someone in the line realised she was wearing the wristband that signifies she was not supposed to be in public for two weeks as a COVID-19 precaution.
Police have since confirmed that the 25-year-old woman ran away after the bank security did not allow her to enter the premises
According to Bernama, Seberang Perai Utara police chief Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor said they immediately went to check on the bank after seeing the viral photos on social media.
"A security guard on duty at the bank said there was a woman wearing a pink bracelet queueing outside the bank as she wanted to enter and carry out several transactions," said Noorzainy.
The guard stopped the woman from entering and went to alert the bank manager.
"But before the bank manager could attend to the woman, she had fled the scene," said the police chief, adding that they then went through closed-circuit television (CCTV) recordings to identify the woman.
The police established that the woman is a person under surveillance (PUS) who returned from Thailand on 15 July
The Star reported that she tested negative on her first COVID-19 test as soon as she arrived in Malaysia.
"She underwent a second COVID-19 test on Tuesday, 28 July, and the result also came back negative," said Noorzainy.
"She was supposed to complete her home quarantine on Wednesday, 29 July."
It is not clear if any action was taken against the woman.
The police chief urged people to continue the lookout for home quarantine violators and lodge a police report for action to be taken.
He also reminded other PUS to be responsible by abiding with the 14-day quarantine period.
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