By Balqis Jazimah Zahari
IPOH: Police arrested a 25-year-old man for obstructing police duties and using profane language during a Malaysia Cup 2023 football match between Perak FC and JDT FC at Perak Stadium here last night.
Ipoh District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Yahaya Hassan, said that following this, the police today discovered a viral video showing the incident of a football supporter being arrested by the police on Twitter, which has garnered public attention.
“The police have confirmed that the incident took place on the night of October 19 at around 11:15 pm during the Malaysia Cup 2023 football match between Perak FC and JDT FC.
“During the incident, a 25-year-old man was arrested for obstructing police officers’ duties and using profane language towards the officers on duty,” he said in a statement here today.
Yahaya stated that the case is being investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code and Section 14 of the Minor Offenses Act 1955.
He added that a urine drug screening on the arrestee tested positive for ganja (THC).
“This arrest was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code at the Ipoh Magistrate’s Court on October 20, 2023, and a fine of RM1,500 was imposed by the court after the arrestee pleaded guilty,” he said.
In another case, the police also arrested a 31-year-old man on the same day at around 8:45 pm at Gate B of the stadium for carrying a short knife during a security check by the police.
“The case is being investigated under Section 6(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958,” he said.
Yahaya stated that this arrest has been granted a two-day remand order by the Ipoh Magistrate’s Court from October 20 to October 21, 2023, for further investigation.
“The investigation team has received instructions to press charges against this arrestee from the Deputy Public Prosecutor, and charges will be filed on October 23, 2023, at the Ipoh Magistrate’s Court under Section 6(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958.
“In addition, the police would like to advise the public not to bring any dangerous weapons or explosive materials such as fireworks into the stadium while watching football matches, as it constitutes a criminal offense and, if convicted, can result in a prison sentence of not less than five years and not exceeding ten years, as well as caning,” he added.