PEKAN NENAS: “Sorry, I did not get enough rest and was too tired and forgot to stop and show my passport.”
This was the mitigation of Singaporean manager Muhammad Alfalah Mohd Yusof, 27, who escaped with a RM2,500 fine at the Sessions Court here for not showing his passport when exiting the country.
He was among four Singaporeans who were either fined or jailed for committing various immigration offences.
Judge Zahilah Mohammad Yusoff fined Alfalah after he pleaded guilty to committing the offence at the Sultan Abu Bakar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex at the Second Link at 5.58pm on June 25.
He was charged under Section 2(2) of the Passports Act 1966, which carries a maximum fine of RM10,000, five years’ imprisonment or both, upon conviction.
In the other Singaporean cases, Zahilah jailed unemployed Fajar Razali, 38, and his wife Nur Atiqka Ridzuan, 25, a housewife, a month for overstaying.
The couple were unable to pay the fine.
Businessman Stanley Neo Cheow, 37, who overstayed about 55 days, was fined RM10,000. Immigration prosecutors Norhasimah Othman and Sharizana Buang prosecuted.
All the accused were unrepresented.
The three committed the offence at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar CIQ in Johor Baru on June 21 and 27.
The three, who were charged under Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act, faced a fine of RM10,000, a jail term of five years or both.
In an unrelated case, three construction companies were fined RM15,000 each at the Johor Baru Sessions Court for disposing solid industrial waste at illegal dumpsites.
CK Kim Trading director Lee Keow Heok pleaded guilty when the charges were read in front of judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob.
The company committed the offence at a Tenaga National Bhd reserved land in Taman Impian Indah on Nov 22 last year.
Nine Three Three Renovation and Enterprise, whose manager Lee Wai Ping also pleaded guilty, committed the same offence at a plot in Tanjung Kupang, Johor Baru, in January this year.
The two cases were prosecuted by Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation Sdn Bhd officers Rosmawati Rabial Hashim and Rubiah Maulud respectively, while the two companies were not represented by a lawyer.
Both companies were charged under Section 71(1) of the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act 2007 and could be fined between RM10,000 and RM100,000, up to five years’ jail, or both.
Meanwhile, Toh Loh Constructions Sdn Bhd was charged with two counts of illegal dumping and its director Chung Hoong Kong pleaded guilty.
For the first charge, the company dumped solid construction waste at a plot in Plentong, while the second charge was for the dumping of domestic solid waste at another plot in the same area, both in July last year.
However, the judge only sentenced the company for the first offence and gave a warning for the second.