RBPF blasts blatant disregard for COVID-19 safety measures

James Kon & Izah Azahari

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) issued a stern reminder after several photos were circulated on social media, showing a public gathering and leisure activities at a recreational spot.

“This is an irresponsible attitude, and reflects indifference towards government efforts to curb the COVID-19 outbreak that the country is still facing,” said the RBPF in a statement.

The RBPF warned that anyone found to be in violation of the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204, could face a fine of up to BND10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both, for the first offence.

For the second or subsequent offences, the penalty is a fine of BND20,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.

Meanwhile, at a press conference yesterday, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said, “The Ministry of Health (MoH) has been informed that some members of the public held mass gatherings in public places such as parks and recreational forest sites.”

“The MoH wishes to remind again, that any activity involving mass gatherings in public places – especially parks, recreational forest sites, beaches and lakes – is strictly prohibited. Members of the public must carry out their social responsibilities and cultivate preventive measures, as the new case is proof that our country is still under the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We should remain vigilant, and not be so complacent. Always adhere to the directives and guidelines issued by the government.”

An entry route to a recreational area is blocked off. PHOTO: RBPF
Any activity involving mass gatherings in public places – especially parks, recreational forest sites, beaches and lakes – is strictly prohibited. PHOTO: RBPF