KUALA LUMPUR – After being sentenced to five months’ jail and fined RM12,000, the owner of Nasi Kandar Salleh in Napoh, Kubang Pasu now faces another civil suit filed by the residents of that town.
The residents and business owners in Napoh will be filing a RM1 million suit on Nezar Mohamed Sabur Batcha, 57, over the loss they suffered due to the PUI Sivagangga Cluster.
The Secretary of the Consumers Association of Kedah (CAKE), Mohd Yusrizal Yusoff, the legal action against him will serve as a warning to others for messing around with Covid-19 quarantine orders.
As of yesterday, CAKE has gathered 100 residents and business owners including six non-government organisations (NGO) in Napoh who wanted to file the suit against the owner of Nasi Kandar Salleh.
“Today, we expect more residents to do so. We have obtained the legal advice from Zunun & Co, who offered their service pro-bono for the case,” he said.
Yesterday, Nezar Mohamed pleaded guilty for four charges on flouting the home surveillance order on 14 July which caused the Sivagangga Cluster.
Magistrate Mohd Hadi Hakimi Harun delivered the sentenced in a special session held at the Alor Setar Old Hospital where the accused is being quarantined and treated for Covid-19.
Nezar Mohamed was charged for leaving the designation premise for surveillance and observation under Section 15(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
He committed the offence at the Bank Rakyat premises Jitra Branch at 4.40 pm; at the Agro Bank premises, Jitra Branch at 3.58 pm; at the Kubang Pasu Revenue Service Centre premises at the Inland Revenue Board Jitra Branch at 3.35 pm and at the Jitra Branch Public Bank premises at 3 pm, on July 14.
The accused had triggered the Sivagangga cluster on July 28 which had threatened public health, involving three districts in Kedah (Kubang Pasu, Kulim, Padang Terap), one district in Perlis (Kangar) and two districts in Penang (Seberang Perai Selatan and Seberang Perai Tengah). -MalaysiaGazette