25 fined over Aidiladha gathering

GEORGE TOWN: The Sessions Court here fined 25 foreign workers a total of RM125,000 for flouting standard operating procedure by gathering illegally during Hari Raya Aidiladha.

The men, aged between 23 and 41, pleaded guilty after their respective charges were read out to them before Sessions judge Norsalha Hamzah.

They admitted to gathering with others for social purposes at a house in Taman Desa Mutiara Indah in Batu Maung at around 9pm on Tuesday.

The offence, under Regulation 10 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures in Local Areas of Infection), is punishable under Regulation 17 of the same Act which carries a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, upon conviction.

Facing the music: Police escorting the 25 after they were fined by a court in George Town. — BernamaFacing the music: Police escorting the 25 after they were fined by a court in George Town. — Bernama

Norsalha imposed a fine of RM5,000 on each accused, and said if they failed to pay the fine, they would be jailed for two months.

Deputy public prosecutor Rais Imran Hamid prosecuted the case while 21 of the accused who had valid passports were represented by Muhammad Arif Shaharuddin, a lawyer who was engaged by the men’s employer.

The other four accused who did not have passports were unrepresented.

It was learnt that the accused were alleged to have gathered and made a meal to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha before the home was raided by police as a result of public complaints.

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