ALOR STAR: Civil societies here have described the sentence imposed on the nasi kandar restaurant operator in Napoh who broke quarantine as fitting the crime.
Nezar Mohamed Sabur was jailed five months and fined RM12,000 by a magistrate’s court here yesterday for violating a home quarantine order imposed on him under Section 15(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
The sentence was meted out at a special session at the old Alor Star hospital, where the accused has been quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19.
Langkawi Business Association deputy president Datuk Issac Alexander said the sentence may seem hefty but it is necessary to send a stern message to people, adding that the offender was openly defiant.
Malaysian Nature Society Kedah chapter chairman Eric R. Sinnaya said society needs to stand together if they want normalcy to return.
“When the enemy is elusive, we need to be better prepared to face it,” he said.
Nezar pleaded guilty to four charges of committing the offences at the Bank Rakyat Jitra Branch at 4.40pm, at the Agro Bank Jitra Branch at 3.58pm, at the Kubang Pasu Revenue Service Centre of the Inland Revenue Board Jitra Branch at 3.35pm and at the Public Bank Jitra Branch at 3pm on July 14.
He was charged under Section 22(b) and punishable under Section 24(a) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
He was sentenced to five months’ jail and fined RM3,000 for each charge.
Source: The Sun Daily https://bit.ly/2Fr9p2d