PETALING JAYA – The government and authorities are urged to reconsider imprisonment on all offenders of Op Covid-19 operation implemented during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Datuk Suraj Singh, the defence counsel of a woman who threw insults at police during a roadblock at Persiaran Surian on 31 March said that it is inappropriate for the government to punish all first offenders with imprisonment.
On the contrary, he suggested that the punishment should be lightened to community services instead.
Although he understood the current situation of the government, he did not think that it is right to send the offenders to the prison.
He also alleged that his client, Tong Poh Kim is currently in a panic mode and is afraid.
“We hope that the government will reconsider such cases as there are many cases recently and the government needs to consider that they were not arrested due to heavy crime.
“They are not serious criminals who committed serious crimes and needed to be separated from the community unlike robbery or rape,” he told the journalists at the Petaling Jaya court.
The 44-year-old accused was present at the Magistrate Court along with her cousin at around 8.30am to be charged for obstructing civil servant in the discharge of public functions during the Op Covid-19 roadblock at Persiaran Surian.
The woman faces two charges under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing civil servant in the discharge of public functions and Section 14 of Minor Offences 1955 for insulting behaviour of using insulting or indecent words on civil servants.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the two charges and she was allowed RM1,000 bail on the first charge and RM3,000 with a surety for the second charge.
Judge Nurshahira Abdul Salim fixed 20 May for the submission of documents and the remention of case.
The counsel also added that punishments are sentenced on offenders so that they can show repentance and he questioned the appropriateness of imprisonment for such cases.
According to him, such tough action will only add on to the fear of the people. -MalaysiaGazette