KAJANG: A total of 17 people have been jailed for 14 days by a Magistrate's Court here for flouting the movement control order (MCO) by gathering at a condo unit here.
Magistrate Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosli passed the sentence on the group, aged between 22 and 34, after taking public interest into consideration.
He said the regulations on the MCO were done following an unprecedented pandemic that has claimed more than 60 lives in Malaysia to date.
"It is a known fact that a wide-scale spread had happened due to people gathering in one place. The regulations are not frivolous, it is meant to curb the spread of the virus.
"Therefore, the court decides on a deterrent and preventive punishment so that the public would think twice before repeating the offence," he said here on Wednesday (April 8).
The magistrate ordered for the jail time to run from the date of arrest, which was April 3.
Syafiq Asyraf Khan Gulab Khan, Muhammad Halim Md Yasin, Mohd Saddam Hussain, Amirul Asyraf Muzaffar, Aiman Firdauz Azri, Muhamad Riduwan Abd Razak, Afeeq Aiman Razman, Muhammad Shahmi Samsulnizam, Mohammad Afiq Mohammad Afifi, Nuur Tamiyah Mohamad Yusof, Muhammad Danial Ali Hussin, Mohd Syafiq Azri, Mohamad Akir Abdul Aziz, R. Brithibaaraj, Yan Naida Sakila Jaafar, Wan Nurhuda Wan Salam and Nur Sabrina Ihsan had pleaded guilty after the charges were read out separately.
They admitted to being present at an infected area without valid reasons at Kondominium Amerin, Taming Jaya, Kajang, at 12.35pm on April 3.
The offence under Rule 6 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 carries a maximum RM1,000 fine and up to six months jail, or both, if convicted.
According to the statement of facts, a team of policemen from the Ops Covid-19 task force received a complaint about a noise coming from a condo unit.
The police found 19 people - 14 men and 5 women - and including two minors at the premises.
There were no illegal items found on them but the group failed to give a reason why they were out and therefore have violated the MCO.
The two 17-year-olds also pleaded guilty to the same charge.
However, the court postponed their sentencing pending a report (laporan akhlak) from the Welfare Department on May 14.
The minors were released on bail at RM500 in one surety each.
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