This time around, Pokemon Go players in Malaysia should really watch out where they are going as playing Pokemon Go in certain areas could get them arrested.
According to a report by The Star, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said that an action will be taken against players playing at restricted areas, which is considered a trespassing offence.
There are laws that allow action to be taken on anyone trespassing restricted areas, including all police stations (and its surrounding areas) and private properties. Driving while playing the game is also considered as breaching the law.
There is no restriction on anyone playing the game so far, though Pokemon Go has already been banned in Kedah by the local Islamic authority last week.
On another development reported by Bernama, about 15 motorists were summoned by the police in Penang for indiscriminate parking and blocking traffic while playing Pokemon Go. Several reports were lodged by nearby residents regarding the presence of Pokemon Go players who were disrupting the peace in the area.
Despite the negativity and protest against the game, a senior Cabinet minister has urged the Malaysian society to look at the positive aspects of Pokemon Go instead of merely focussing on the negative aspects of the game, as reported by The Sun Daily.
Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said that people should always have an open mind when dealing with a new challenge.
“We should not view something from only one perspective as trends and culture change,” he said at a press conference.