A man lied about travelling overseas and threw away his COVID-19 quarantine wristband at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) before continuing his journey to Tawau, Sabah
According to the Home Surveillance Order (HSO), Malaysians returning from abroad have to undergo home quarantine for 14 days before being allowed in public again as a COVID-19 precaution.
These persons under surveillance (PUS) were being issued pink wristbands to easily identify them if they were to be seen in public.
However, according to Bernama, this man not only took off his wristband, but also went onboard a plane in blatant disregard for the home quarantine order.
The offender was only found suspicious after he called up the Tawau district health office himself to claim that he had lost his wristband
Tawau health district officer Dr G Navindran said the man, in his 30s, most likely contacted them on Tuesday, 21 July, after seeing the many news reports of other errant individuals being caught and fined RM1,000 for breaching the HSO.
The health officers told him to come in and he was interrogated before finally confessing to throwing away the wristband upon returning from overseas.
Investigations found that he also gave false information when filling in the health declaration form at KLIA when heading to Tawau
"The wristband was put on him upon landing at KLIA, but once in Tawau, he was no longer wearing it and lied about his travel history," said district health officer Navindran, as quoted by The Star.
"Upon investigation, he admitted to taking them off and also lied on the health declaration form."
Navindran did not rule out that legal action will be taken on the man for breaching the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).