Restaurant owner fined BND5,000 for disobeying MoH directive

Fadley Faisal

A restaurant owner was fined BND5,000 for not abiding by the order from the Ministry of Health (MoH) to halt dine-in services in efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Permanent resident Foon Swee Chung, 51, the owner of Kui Fook Restaurant in Mukim Kilanas, pleaded guilty to the charge under Section 62A(2), Chapter 204 of the Infectious Diseases Act for failing to comply with the MoH directive issued on March 19 to suspend all dine-in services at all public facilities including restaurants.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Nurjauinah binti Haji Kula said despite being aware of the MoH order, the defendant continued to provide dine-in services to his customers.

After receiving a public tip-off, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) launched an investigation and found the defendant still provided dine-in services at his restaurant between 6am and 10pm on March 22, three days after the MoH directive was issued.

Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar ordered the defendant to settle a fine of BND5,000 or serve a month in prison in default.

The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) reminded the public to abide by the MoH directive of halting all dine-in services at all restaurants, in accordance with other measures being undertaken to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.