Since most Malaysians have been fully vaccinated, the SOPs imposed by the government is more lax. This had allowed us to gradually get back to our normal lives and meet people we love, or even do things we like.
For some, its about going to parties and having fun.
On Sunday (5 December) night, a total of 303 people, which included 111 women were arrested by the police for going to a wild party at a swimming pool of a leading private club in Kuala Lumpur.
According to Sinar Harian, Brickfields district police chief ACP Amihizam Abdul Shukor said those detained in the party, which started at 4 p.m., consisted of 161 foreign men and 55 women, as well as 31 local men and 56 women.
“We conducted intelligence before the raid was carried out and it was understood that each individual was charged RM60 to join the party, invited through a social media application.”
It was reported that the raid took place at 10.50 p.m. where men and some women in bikinis were caught dancing, bathing in a pool and entertaining themselves.
The raid was led by Deputy Chief of the Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department, Assistant Commissioner Nasri Mansor together with members and officers from the Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Brickfields District Police Headquarters.
Meanwhile, urine tests were also conducted to investigate whether the individuals who attended the party had drugs involved.
Is it illegal to organise parties?
According to the National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP, there are still restrictions on social gatherings.
The restrictions include premise owners and business licence holders to limit the number of customers in their premise and ensure physical distancing of at least 1 meter.
In addition, premise owner must display the limit of customers allowed inside the premise at any one time, and there is also a 50% limit on the venue capacity. Numbered queue systems are recommended to better monitor and control the flow of customers too.
Meanwhile, these privileges are only allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals.
Anyone who were found to have violated the SOP can be taken action against under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
Nonetheless, this incident is not the first and there are a number of partygoers that had been detained for violating the SOPs.
It is understandable that people need to go out and have some fun and get some relief from stress and worry. However, it is also important to enjoy responsibly and keep ourselves safe.
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