KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Forty individuals, including two teenagers, were charged in the Magistrate’s Court and in Negeri Sembilan with defying the Movement Control Order (MCO).
They were charged with flouting the MCO by failing to show reasonable cause for being in a disease infected area, an offence under Regulation 3(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, which provides an imprisonment for up to six months, or maximum fine of RM1,000, or both, upon conviction.
In the Selayang Magistrate’s Court, a surveyor, Zamli Abd Halim, 45, was imposed the maximum fine of RM1,000, in default a month’s jail, for defying MCO by going to the Al-Syakirin Mosque in Gombak, purportedly to pray at 10.45am on April 4.
Magistrate Nur Hafizah Rajuni also fined him another RM2,500, in default three months’ jail, for trespassing into the quarters at the mosque compound at 10.30am the same day.
In the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court, 24 individuals, including foreigners, aged between 20 and 40, were fined between RM800 and RM1,000 each, in default a week to five weeks’ jail, for defying MCO.
They were charged with committing the offence at various locations in Bukit Bintang, Titiwangsa, Cheras and Bangsar between April 3 and 9.
In the Ampang Magistrate’s Court, a Bangladeshi sweeper, Md Moniruzzaman, 35, was sentenced to a month’s jail for defying MCO and another two months’ jail for not having valid documents to enter Malaysia.
He was caught committing the offence at a “Ops COVID-19” roadblock in Ampang Desa at 3pm last April 4.
Magistrate Farah Nasihah Annuar ordered him to serve the jail sentences concurrently from the date of arrest.
Meanwhile in Negeri Sembilan, 14 men, including two who are underage, pleaded not guilty in the Seremban Magistrate’s Court with defying the order.
According to the charge, the men, aged between 17 and 24, were caught in front of a house in Taman Desa Pelangi, Mantin, at 1.30 am on April 8.
They were also charged with gambling at the same place, time and date.
The two underage were allowed bail of RM2,000 in one surety each, while the others were allowed bail of RM3,000 in one surety each.