LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11am

Myanmar Woman Fined RM100 For Begging

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 — Begging is an offence, and a Myanmar woman was sentenced to pay the maximum fine of RM100 by the Ampang Magistrate's Court here today.

Magistrate Mohamad Firdaus Sadina Ali sentenced Khotijah Soyot, 45, after the accused pleaded guilty to begging by hanging around with a plastic cup.

The court also ordered that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card holder be jailed for 14 days if she failed to pay the fine. She paid the fine.

She committed the offence at Jalan Memanda 1, here at 10.50 am, on Oct 27 under Section 27 (c) of the Minor Offences Act 1955 and shall be punishable under Section 27 of the Act which provides for a maximum fine of RM100 or a month's jail or both.

According to the facts of the case, a team of policemen conducting a surveillance spotted the accused begging around Ampang Point and on inspecting found RM40 in the plastic cup she was holding.

Deputy public prosecutor Norhashimah Hashim prosecuted while lawyer Kelvinder Singh Sidhu represented the accused.