KOTA KINABALU: A teacher of a secondary school was fined RM1,000, in default, three days’ jail plus one week’s imprisonment by the Magistrate’s Court here on Wednesday for dishonestly giving false information on a quarantine form of the Malaysian Health Department.
Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun imposed the sentence on May Ezane Jamil, 37, after the latter admitted to a charge under Section 22 (d) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 1988.
The indictment provides for a jail term of up to two years or a fine, or both, upon conviction.
The accused had committed the offence at Putatan health clinic on June 17.
In pleading for a lenient sentence, National Legal Aid Foundation counsel Lim Ming Zoong @ Lawrence, who represented the accused, said that the accused claimed that she gave false information that she was in quarantine in order to avoid her salary being cut.
The accused told the court that she is working as teacher but in pool group and being paid based on the number of days she worked.
Meanwhile, three persons, including an elderly woman, were charged in the same court for fighting at a police station compound.
No plea was recorded from Johnny Abdul Halim, 39, Siti Zaharah, 61, and Abd Kadir Bahad, 56, who were charged under Section 90, punishable under Section 94, of the Police Act 1967.
The charge carries a fine of up to RM500 or a jail term of up to six months, or both, upon conviction.
Johnny and Siti, who were represented by counsel Luqman Syazwan Mohd Zabidi while Abd Kadir was unrepresented, had allegedly fought and hit each other in front of the Menggatal police station at 1pm on June 26.
The court fixed August 3 to re-mention the case and the accused were released on a bail of RM300 with two local sureties, pending disposal of the case.
The proceedings were heard virtually.