PEKAN NANAS: The Sessions Court here has sentenced six Malaysians to be caned - along with jail time and fines - for harbouring 19 Vietnamese nationals in Muar.
Sessions Court judge Zahilah Mohammad Yusoff sentenced E. Clement, 31, H. Kartigesu, 32, Mohd Farid Rashidi, 33, Hoo Woon Cheng, 47, Koh Liang Wui, 48 and Tan Tong Yan, 62 to fines totalling RM2.4mil, 20 months imprisonment and one stroke of the cane each after she found them guilty of two charges.
All of them except Tan will be caned as he is above 55-years-old.
According to the first charge, all the suspects were caught harbouring 15 Vietnamese women at a B2B Café in Taman Indah Murni 2 in Muar at 11.30pm on June 28,2018.
They allegedly committed an offence under Section 56(1) (d) of the Immigration Act 1959.
Zahilah fined each of the six RM300,000 in lieu of 45 months imprisonment and 20 months imprisonment along with a stroke of the cane for the first charge.
For the second charge, the six allegedly harboured another four Vietnamese women at a workers hostel in Jalan Indah Murni 2 in Muar at the same time and date.
They also committed an offence under the same Act.
For the second charge, Zahilah fined the six RM100,000 each in lieu of 16 months imprisonment.
All six, who were represented by lawyer Abdul Hakeem Aiman, were unable to pay the fines at a special court at the Pekan Nanas immigration depot here.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Noorjidah Mohd Jusan and Immigration prosecutor Norhasimah Othman.
Zahilah also allowed a stay of execution for the 20 months imprisonment and the caning pending an appeal to the High Court.
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