A maskless Caucasian man, who verbally abused and made lewd gestures at security guards at the Village Grocer M City Ampang branch and refused to abide by the mask mandate, has been arrested
The man was arrested last night, 19 April, when he presented himself for questioning at the Wanga Maju district police headquarters, according to Wangsa Maju district police chief Supt Ashari Abu Samah.
"The detainee is a Canadian man, who works and resides in Kuala Lumpur," he said in a statement.
He is being investigated under three different charges
In the meantime, he has been released on police bail while waiting for the investigation paper to be completed and referred to the deputy public prosecutor for further instructions.
The suspect, who is 44-year-old, is being investigated under Section 269 of the Penal Code for the negligent act likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life, Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for insulting behaviour likely to result in a breach of the peace, and Regulation 18 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) 2021.
Ashari has urged members of the public with information on the case to contact the police either at the Wangsa Maju district police headquarters or at their nearest police station.
Wearing face masks in public places is mandatory in Malaysia
Those who refuse to wear one can be fined under Rule 16 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Rules 2021. It carries a fine of up to RM1,000 or a jail term of up to six months or both.
Prior to his arrest, the man was caught in a video verbally abusing the guards inside the supermarket when he was asked to wear a mask: