Magistrate Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosli sentenced the group, aged between 22 and 34, to 14 days in jail.
He said regulations in the MCO were drawn up following the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic that had so far claimed more than 60 lives in Malaysia.
“It is a known fact that a wide-scale spread happened due to people gathering in one place.
“The regulations are not frivolous, they are meant to curb the spread of the virus.
“Therefore, the court has decided on this punishment as a deterrent so that the public would think twice before repeating the offence,” he said.
Muhammad Noor Firdaus ordered the jail term to run from April 3, the date the 17 were arrested.
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 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.
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, policemen from the Ops Covid-19 task force went to the condominium after receiving a complaint about noise coming from a unit and found 19 people, 14 men and five women, including two minors.
The two 17-year-olds also pleaded guilty to the same charge. The court, however, postponed their sentencing pending a moral report from the Welfare Department on May 14.The minors were released on bail of RM500 in one surety each.
In Seremban, three individuals pleaded guilty at a Magistrate’s Court for flouting the MCO.
In the first case, friends R. Muralitharan, 20, and S. Thanesh, 19, were each fined RM1,000 in default 14 days’ jail by magistrate Siti Huzaifah Abdul Talib.
They were charged with being in a public area behind a row of houses at Rumah Rakyat Pasir Pajang at 10pm on Monday.
They were charged under rule 11(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 which carries a maximum fine of RM1,000 or six months’ imprisonment or both if convicted.
Both Muralitharan, a factory operator, and Thanesh, a labourer, paid the fine.
In another case, a 22-year-old motorcycle mechanic was also fined RM1,000 in default 14 days’ jail for defying the MCO.
Muhammad Ridhwan Azhar was detained by police around 9.30pm on Monday after he was found without valid reason near a junction at Taman Vista Jaya in Lukut.
Siti Huzaifah ordered Muhammad Ridhwan be sent to the Sg Udang prison in Melaka after he told the court that he could not pay the fine.
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