Seven days’ jail for allowing more than two persons at table
Published on: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Kota Kinabalu: A 58-year-old foreigner was jailed seven days for not adhering to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the Movement Control Order (MCO) by sitting more than two people at a table in a restaurant here, last week.

Anadjid Sala pleaded guilty before Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun on Monday to committing the offence at the five-foot-way of the Kedai Makan Ros Katering, Empat Saudari Kolombong in Inanam at 5.25pm on Feb 16.

Anadjid had committed an offence under Rule 16(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, while the rest had violated Rule 3(1) of the same Regulations, which carries a fine of up to RM1,000 or a jail term of not more than six months, or both, on conviction.

Inspector Suzie @ Stephanie Kupit, prosecuting, told the court that on the said day, a police team who conducted inspection at the said restaurant found four people sitting at one table without physical distancing and violated the SOPs, namely only two persons allowed at one table.

Anadjid, who was unrepresented, requested for a lenient sentence on the grounds that he had been under remand for seven days since Feb 16, adding that he only worked as a contract labourer and has many dependants.

He also said that he had a Burung Burung document.

When asked by the court whether the other three persons had been charged in court, Anadjid replied he did not know.

The court ordered Anadjid to serve sentence from the date of arrest and be referred to the Immigration Department thereafter.

In another case, a school canteen worker was fined RM100 or three days’ jail for fraudulently having RM528 in her bank account.

Nor Hadiahana Gimpar admitted to committing the offence in Inanam on Aug 18, 2020 and she failed to give a satisfactory explanation on how she obtained the money.

The charge under Section 22A (1) of the Minor Offences Ordinance provides for a fine of up to RM100 or up to three months’ jail, or both, on conviction.

Hadiahana, who was not represented, requested for a lower fine on the grounds that she has four children and only works at a school canteen.



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