Covid-19: 24 Indonesians fined RM2,000 each for breaching SOPs at Hari Raya Haji gathering

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Twenty-four Indonesians, including a woman, were fined RM2,000 each in default of three months' imprisonment by the Selayang Magistrate’s Court here Wednesday (July 28), for violating Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) by gathering in conjunction with Hari Raya Haji celebrations.

Magistrate Nur Hafizah Rajuni meted out the punishment after they all pleaded guilty to the charge.

Four more Indonesian men pleaded not guilty to the same charge and the court fixed Oct 7 for mention.

All the accused, aged from 22 to 47 years old, were jointly charged with flouting Regulation 10 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Local Infected Areas) (National Recovery Plan) Regulations 2021.

The offence was allegedly committed at a shophouse in Taman Selayang Utama, Batu Caves, at 10am on July 20, and the charge was framed under Regulation 17 (1) of the same law, read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or jail up to six months or both, upon conviction.

During mitigation, the 24 accused each pleaded for leniency but deputy public prosecutor Khairunnisak Hassni pressed for just punishment, taking into account the congested shophouse where they gathered.

According to the facts of the case, a police team received information about a feast at a shophouse in conjunction with Hari Raya Haji.

Subsequently, an inspection at the location found more than 20 people gathering and feasting on the premises, and not observing physical distancing. - Bernama

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