Unvaccinated diners arrested after ‘social experiment’ at Malaysia restaurant

Screenshot of Facebook post showing family dining at a Malaysian restaurant circulating online.
Screenshot of Facebook post showing family dining at a Malaysian restaurant circulating online.

An unvaccinated couple who bragged about dining at a restaurant was arrested yesterday evening. 

The unnamed couple, aged 35 and 36, were arrested at their home at Bandar Putera 2, Klang at 5pm, according to South Klang district Police Chief Shamsul Amar Ramli. The arrest took place after the couple reportedly bragged about being able to dine at a restaurant without having to show their vaccination status. Only vaccinated persons were allowed to eat at restaurants in Malaysia as per the latest COVID-19 measures. 

The couple, who were pictured in photos sitting with their children at the restaurant, was being investigated for negligently spreading disease harmful to life, public mischief, and abusing internet services. The photos were posted by Facebook user Mujaheeda Soleha before the account went dark. It is not clear whether the couple would be tested for COVID-19. 

Screenshots of a social media post showed a woman telling her Facebook friends about how easy it was for her family to eat at a packed restaurant without being asked about their vaccination status. Photos showed a woman, a man, and two young children at the same table. 

But her husband wasn’t too lucky when trying to get a haircut, she said. He was turned away twice for not being inoculated before finally being allowed in on the third try. 

The woman later wrote online that it was all part of a “social experiment” after the government announced it was only allowing vaccinated persons to dine in, leading to comments online telling anti-vaxxers to “rot at home.”

Malaysia has reported more than a million COVID-19 cases and nearly 15,000 deaths. 

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