A 39-year-old woman was arrested earlier today, 22 October, for lodging a false police report to avoid paying the fine for losing her identity card (IC)
The woman was detained in Sandakan, Sabah, for claiming that she was robbed by two men on a motorcycle.
theSun reported Sandakan district police chief ACP Mohd Azhar Hamin as saying that the 39-year-old had claimed that her handbag, which contained personal documents including her IC, was snatched yesterday, 21 October.
She claimed that the theft happened at 5.30am at a bus stop
The incident allegedly occurred at Batu 2 on Jalan Utara, Sandakan.
After an investigation by the police under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang-robbery, the woman's report was found to be false.
The 39-year-old is being investigated under Section 182 of the Penal Code for providing false information to a public servant.
If convicted, she faces a maximum fine of RM2,000 or imprisonment for up to six months, or both.
The fine for losing an IC ranges from RM100 to RM1,000
The fine for loss of an IC increases by frequency of occurrence:
- RM100 for first-time loss,
- RM300 for the second time, and
- RM1,000 for the third and subsequent occasions.
According to Free Malaysia Today, exemptions from the penalty are given to the following communities:
- The disabled,
- The poor,
- Senior citizens aged 60 years and above,
- Victims of natural disasters,
- Victims of crimes such as theft and burglary, and
- Adolescents aged 18 and below.