SIBU: Four taxi drivers were on Monday (March 30) fined RM1,000 each, in default two months' jail by the Magistrate's Court, after they pleaded guilty for not adhering to the movement control order (MCO).
They had committed the offence under Regulation 7 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.
The four, aged between 31 and 37, were Zainal Ossin, Fitri Udin, Izzaiddin Ossin and Mohd Fairus Hamri. All four 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 not having any good reason to be there, while the MCO was still being enforced.
In another similar case at the same court, a Pasar Tamu trader, Ensunai Eyok, 41, from Kapit, was sentenced to one month's imprisonment and fined RM1,000, in default one month in jail, for loitering at the Sibujaya Flea Market at 10.30am on March 25.
The accused was also given a three months' jail sentence and slapped with a RM4,000 fine in an additional charge under Section 186 of the Penal Code for voluntarily obstructing a Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) enforcement team from discharging their duty.
Meanwhile, two businessmen and seven workers of a factory were released on a bail of RM1,500 in two sureties each after they pleaded not guilty for not complying to the MCO.
They were also ordered by Magistrate Muhammad Faizal Che Saad to report to the nearest police station once every two weeks.
They were alleged to have gathered in a group at 11.50am on March 27 in a factory at Jalan Alan.
Their cases have been fixed for May 4 for case management.
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