Local man, six Indonesians fined RM800 each for flouting vehicle capacity limit during MCO

The court complex in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, July 26: A local man and six Indonesians were fined RM800 each by the Magistrate’s Court here today for violating permitted vehicle capacity during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi imposed the sentence of a fine of RM800 or in default two months’ imprisonment after Hii How Hing, Hamidi Hamdan, Gustian, Misno Bujang, Effendi Hasan, Gusti Wijaya Abdan, and Maludi Asnawi pleaded guilty to a joint charge under Regulation 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas)(No.3) Regulations 2021.

They were found to be together in a Toyota Hiace, at a roadblock in Jalan Datuk Bandar Abang Mustapha, at about 6.30pm on June 23, 2021.

Their act had broke the order issued by the Malaysia Director General of Health, in which only two persons are permitted to be in a vehicle.

After a police inspection, it was discovered that there were six Indonesians in the said vehicle and they were all without a valid pass to enter Malaysia.

They were also charged under Section 6 (1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for entering the country without a valid pass.

Sessions Court Judge Afidah Abdul Rahman imposed the sentence of four months’ imprisonment and a stroke of rotan on the six Indonesians after they pleaded guilty to a joint charge under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, which is punishable under Section 6(3) of the same Act.

The charge carries a maximum fine of RM10,000 or a jail term of up to five years or both and whipping of not more than six strokes, upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nadratun Naim Mohd Saidi prosecuted while the accused were unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily