RM8,000 fine for ‘pink tag’ woman who defied quarantine order

IPOH: An elderly woman who defied her home quarantine order broke down in tears after she was sentenced to a day in jail and a RM8,000 fine.

Magistrate Nabihah Mohd Noor passed the sentence after Nur Emah Mohamad Hashim, 72, pleaded guilty.

Nabihah said if Nur Emah failed to pay the fine, she would be sent to jail for six months.

Nur Emah’s family paid the fine.

She was pictured having a meal while wearing a pink tag on her wrist at an eatery in Meru Raya.

According to the charge, Nur Emah had gone to a cafe at Lengkok Meru Permai 1 at about 8am on July 6, and by doing so she had defied the Home Surveillance Order issued to her under Section 15(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

The offence under Section 22(b) carries a punishment under Section 24(a) of the same Act, which prescribes a jail term of not more than two years, a fine or both upon conviction.The case was handled by the state Health Department’s prosecuting officers Ahmad Fakurazi Abu Bakar and Nurulhisham Shamsuddin.

Serious offence: Nur Emah covering her face as she enters the courthouse in Ipoh.Serious offence: Nur Emah covering her face as she enters the courthouse in Ipoh.

Nur Emah, who was not represented, said her husband had passed away and her three children had health issues.

Ahmad Fakurazi told the court that a deterrent sentence should be imposed on Nur Emah for defying the order.

In the statement of facts, it was stated that upon arrival at the KL International Airport from Britain, she underwent a Covid-19 screening and was required to undergo home quarantine from July 4 to 18.

The department received a complaint on the viral photo of the woman on July 21.

On July 22, the media reported that the woman with the pink tag had been identified and that she was being treated at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun at the time.

According to Sinar Harian, quoting a source, the woman tested positive for Covid-19 in her second test after 13 days of home quarantine and had been admitted to the hospital since July 17.

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