PETALING JAYA – Sales Manager, Tong Poh Kim, 44, pleaded guilty to two charges of obstructing public servant in the discharge of public functions during an Op Covid-19 roadblock at Persiaran Surian during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
The accused made the plea after the charges were read to her during the remention of the case before Magistrate Zhafran Rahim Hamzah.
On the first count of charge, the accused was found to behave indecently towards a policeman, Corporal Izuan Hasim Nor Hamzah by calling him an idiot.
Meanwhile, on the second count of charge, the woman was charged for obstructing the civil servant, Corporal Izuan Hasim Nor Hamzah in the discharge of his public functions.
She was charged for committing the offences during an Op Covid-19 roadblock in conjunction with the Movement Control Order (MCO) at Persiaran Surian, Jalan Damansara-Kota Damansara on 31 March at about 9.40 am.
The woman was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing public servants in the discharge of public functions and Section 14 Minor Offences 1955 for insulting behaviour of using insulting or indecent words on civil servants.
Upon conviction, she could be imprisoned for up to 2 years and fined RM10,000 or both.
The woman arrived at the courtroom at 9.45 am looking pale and concerned.
Her defence council, Datuk Suraj Singh made a plea to the court to subject her to a fine and not imprisonment as she has an ill mother who is in coma due to stroke since 27 February.
According to him, that was also her first offence and she did not have any criminal record.
“The accused truly remorse and apologise to everyone, including the PDRM for the incident. Besides, her guilty plea also saves the time and cost of the court from a long trial.
“Due to the emotional and mental pressure after her mother is in a coma and she was trapped in 2-hour traffic congestion, she lost her control and acted that way. In this case, there were was physical fight or criminal force, with the exception of the word, ‘idiot’ by her,” said Suraj.
The judge then sentenced RM100 fine for the first offence for using indecent words on civil servant. She would be imprisoned for a day if she fails to pay the fine.
For the second offence of obstructing civil servant in the discharge of public functions, the accused was slapped with RM3,000 fine. She would be imprisoned for one month if she fails to pay the fine.
Poh Kim was brought to the court lockup in waiting for the arrival of her friend to pay the fines. –MalaysiaGazette