The daughter and son-in-law of UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi were recently charged for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO)
Berita Harian reported that Datuk Nurul Hidayah and her husband, Datuk Saiful Nizam Mohd Yusoff, arrived at the Putrajaya Magistrate Court around 8.20am today, 5 May.
The couple pleaded guilty and they were each charged with a RM800 fine for violating Regulation 3(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.
Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim reportedly barred the media from covering the proceedings, which was supposed to be a public hearing
Only five media officials were allowed in court.
Berita Harian reported that this is due to standard operating procedures (SOPs) in regards to social distancing.
Meanwhile, a New Straits Times report stated that the court denied newsmen from entering without providing reasons and allowed the accused's friends and family to be in the public gallery during the proceedings.
Previously on 20 April, Nurul uploaded photos of her and her husband meeting up with several politicians
According to New Straits Times, the couple defied the MCO when they met Deputy Environment Minister Datuk Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad at the Ministry of Environment and Water after an initial meeting with Religious Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.
Nurul uploaded photos on Instagram along with the caption, "After we met the Religious Affairs Minister, we went to the [Ministry of Environment] to meet Datuk Masrizal, the Deputy Minister. We exchanged ideas and held a discussion, which has been YB Datuk Dr Masrizal's and my way (of doing things) since the days when he had been my father Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's political secretary. A dear friend to our family."
The case was investigated under Section 269 of the Penal Code
According to Burgie Law, Section 269 reads, "Whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine or with both."
Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Huzir Mohamed previously said to New Straits Times, "The police would like to stress again that no one will escape from any action, if they are found to have purposely broken any of the country's laws."
Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the government has initiated phase five of the Movement Control Order (MCO):