If we told you that a simple act like snapping photos of flowers could land you in jail, you would have laughed at us.
That was before the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
After the implementation of CMCO, it is no longer a laughing matter.
A group of 38 Malaysians got into trouble with the police recently for taking pictures of an aquatic flower species at a flood retention pond in Melaka.
According to a report by The Star Online
, quoting Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad, the individuals made the trip to the pond at Taman Semabok Perdana to photograph the purple pokok keladi bunting
(common water hyacinth).
That, said ACP Afanizar, violated the CMCO rules.
He told the news portal that 20 of the 38 were fined RM1,000 for violating the MCO, while the rest were not compounded because they are comprised of children, toddlers and elderly folk.
ACP Afzanizar said the compounds were issued under Rule 7 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.
If you're thinking of sneaking out to the pond, please don't, because ACP Afzanizar said the police had tightened surveillance at the site, and stern action will be taken against those who try to take pictures there.