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Fined RM800 for defying MCO
Published on: Saturday, May 23, 2020
By: Cynthia D Baga
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Kota Kinabalu: A 27-year-old man who went to his friend’s house to fix a handphone during  the Movement Control Order (MCO) was fined RM800 or two weeks’ jail.

Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz handed the sentence to Nasrul Nasir who pleaded guilty to the charge, Friday.

He failed to comply with the MCO by moving from his house in Kg Jambatan Baru to Jalan Membakut Jaya, Beaufort between 8.30pm and 10.30pm on April 28.

Nasrul had committed the offence under the Rule 3(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 which is punishable under Rule 11(1) of the same Regulations that carries a fine of up to RM1,000 or a jail term of to six months, or both, upon conviction. 

During mitigation, counsel  Chin Tek Ming who represented Nasrul, asked for a fine only to be imposed on Nasrul, saying that it was his client’s first offence.

Chin informed the court that Nasrul is a rubber tapper and has a work permit.

According to Chin, Nasrul went to his friend’s house to fix his friend’s handphone as the friend was doing a delivery business and rely on his handphone to take orders from customers.

He also applied for Nasir not to be referred to the Immigration Department.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Syafiqah Suleiman urged the court to impose an appropriate sentence as to give a lesson not only to Nasir but public at large.

She submitted that the prosecution was giving serious attention to the MCO as many citizens are taking it lightly and not supporting the government’s effort to curve the Covid-19 pandemic.

The court heard that Nasir was detained by police during the Covid-19 SnapChek conducted at the area.

Nasir could not a reasonable excuse to the police on why he was at the place during the hours.

 


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