DAP man lends legal assistance to single mother charged with selling uncertified products

Kong (right) and Mdm Kiing at the Kuching Court Complex on June 7, 2023.

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KUCHING, June 7: Ignorance of the law is not an excuse and it is crucial for members of the public to conduct their own research before engaging in any business or trade.

This is the advice given by special assistant to Padungan assemblyman and DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Michael Kong.

The advice came following the case of one Mdm Kiing, who was charged with the sale of uncertified products.

Mdm Kiing, a single mother responsible for her four children (two of whom have disabilities) had been working various odd jobs to make ends meet. One of her endeavors involved selling vegetables and flowers in the vicinity of the 7 Mile Market. 

Last year, she came across body relief patches (plasters) that proved beneficial to her own needs. This sparked an idea to sell these body relief patches along with body creams as a means of livelihood.

Recently, Mdm Kiing found herself apprehended by Health Medical Officers for selling these items and was charged under Section 12 of the Sales of Drug Act 1952. 

The offence carries a penalty of a fine not exceeding RM25,000 or imprisonment for up to three years. 

Understandably, upon realising the severity of the offence, she became worried and sought assistance from DAP.

“I represented Mdm Kiing this morning, and I am grateful that the officers and Sessions Court judge demonstrated understanding and compassion towards her situation. 

“I am pleased to share that she was released on a good behavior bond for a period of one year. This outcome brings relief to Mdm Kiing, who had endured many sleepless nights due to this ordeal.

“While Mdm Kiing’s story ultimately had a positive outcome, it is crucial to emphasise the importance of caution and due diligence for individuals conducting business activities. Prior checks should be conducted to ensure that the goods being traded do not contravene any applicable laws,” said Kong in a press statement today.

He said by being proactive and conducting thorough research, members of the public can mitigate the risks of inadvertently violating the law and the potential consequences. 

This case, he said, serves as a valuable reminder for everyone engaging in business to prioritise compliance and avoid unnecessary legal complications. — DayakDaily