Taxi drivers fined for flouting MCO

The four taxi drivers caught at Jalan Paradom on Sunday.

SIBU, March 30: The Magistrate’s Court here today fined four taxi drivers RM1,000 each in default of two months jail by after they pleaded guilty for not adhering to the movement control order (MCO).

The individuals had committed an offence under Regulation 7 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, which provides a fine not exceeding RM1,000 or jail not more than six months or both, when convicted.

The four accused (aged between 31 to 37), Zainal Ossin, Fitri Udin, Izzaiddin Ossin and Mohd Fairus Hamri, paid the fine.

They were caught by a joint MCO team of police and armed forces at 11.50pm on March 28, at Jalan Paradom, near Lanang Bridge, for having no good reason to be there while MCO was being enforced.

In another similar case at the same court, a Pasar Tamu trader, Ensunai Eyok, 41, from Kapit, was fined RM1,000 in default one month’s jail for operating in Sibujaya Flea Market at 10.30am on March 25.

The accused was also handed a three months’ jail and slapped with a RM4,000 fine in an additional charge under Section 186 of the Penal Code for voluntarily obstructing Sibu Rural District Council enforcement team from discharging their duties.

Meanwhile two businessmen and seven workers of a factory here were released on a bail of RM1,500 with two sureties each, after they pleaded not guilty for the same offence of not complying to the MCO.

They were also ordered by Magistrate Muhammad Faizal Che Saad to report to the nearest police station once in two weeks.

They were alleged to have gathered in a group at 11.50am on March 27 in a factory in Jalan Alan.

Their case have been fixed for May 4 for case management. — DayakDaily