Naughty, naughty: 15 people throughout the country held for violating MCO to date

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 15 people have been held for various alleged offences throughout the movement control order (MCO), resulting in four being charged and sentenced after pleading guilty to their offences.

In a statement by the judiciary Tuesday (March 24), the remand cases recorded in Negri Sembilan (1), Johor (1), Selangor (1), Kuala Lumpur (3), Penang (3), Perak (3) and Kedah (3) were registered at their respective courts between March 19 and 23.

The remand cases were done in accordance to Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code for various alleged offences relating to the MCO with one case under investigation for being in direct violation of the MCO.

Ten were remanded for allegedly obstructing a public servant in discharge of his public functions, an offence under Section 186 of the Penal Code, which carries imprisonment for a term of up to two years or a fine of up to RM10,000 or both upon conviction.

Two of the ten were charged and pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ courts in Johor and Perak.

They were both sentenced to a RM5,000 fine in default of 12 months and 10 months jail term respectively.

Another two were sentenced by the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court to two months in jail after they each pleaded guilty to using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duties, an offence under Section 353 of the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, the 11th remand case was for alleged defamation under Section 500 of the Penal Code and the alleged sharing of offensive and menacing content, an offence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Another two were remanded for allegedly insulting the modesty of a person through words or gestures, an offence under Section 509 of the Penal Code, as well as the same Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

The 14th remand was for an alleged offence under Rule 3 of the Rules of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

When contacted, the Chief Registrar’s Office corporate communications unit director Suzarika Sahak said the 14th remand case was of a 49-year-old man who was arrested for filming a viral "kenduri kepala kambing" (goat head feast) in Kedah.

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