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Businessman claims trial to 2 charges over incident at nasi lemak stall

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 22/7/2021 FMT Reporters
a group of people standing in front of a store: J Shyamalan (in black singlet) was charged with not wearing a face mask and uttering offensive words while patronising a nasi lemak stall in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur last Sunday. (Lyn Centino Facebook pic) © Provided by Free Malaysia Today J Shyamalan (in black singlet) was charged with not wearing a face mask and uttering offensive words while patronising a nasi lemak stall in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur last Sunday. (Lyn Centino Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: A businessman claimed trial in the magistrates’ court here today for not wearing a face mask in public five days ago.

J Shyamalan, 33, is alleged to have committed the offence at a nasi lemak stall along Jalan Desa Bakti in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur, at about 10.30am on July 18.

He was charged under Rule 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2021 for failing to comply with Covid-19 SOPs.

Those found guilty of the offence can be fined up to RM50,000 or six month’s jail or both.

Magistrate Wong Chai Sia imposed bail at RM1,500 in one surety.

In the same court, Shyamalan also pleaded not guilty to uttering offensive words towards Cherrilyn De Centino at the same time and place.

The accused was charged under Section 509 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to five years, or a fine (at the discretion of the court) or both.

Wong imposed a further RM2,500 bail in one surety for the second case.

Lawyer John Das appeared for the accused while deputy public prosecutor Wan Ahmad Hakimi Wan Ahmad Jaafar prosecuted.

The magistrate fixed both cases to be mentioned on Aug 24. The accused was freed after posting the bail amount.

A police report was lodged after the accused berated the nasi lemak seller and a customer after being told to put on his face mask.

In a video that went viral, the accused, in a black singlet and shorts, could be seen taunting the customer, who was dressed in an orange T-shirt, to call the police.

Police obtained a two-day remand two days ago before he was charged with the two offences today.

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