The seminarians from College General were arrested yesterday for violating the MCO by playing football at their premises in Tanjung Bungah.
Twenty-four Catholic seminarians in Penang pleaded guilty to the charge under Regulation 3(2) Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 for violating the movement control order (MCO).
Speaking to Malaysiakini, counsel representing the 24, Simon Murali said, after hearing mitigating submission, the Magistrate’s Court imposed compulsory attendance order.
“This is where the seminarians are ordered to carry out social service work under the guidance and supervision of parole officer,” Simon said.
Magistrate Rosnee Mohd Radzuan presided over the case, while DPP Nabila Huda Muhammad Nazim prosecuted.
Simon said the compulsory order is effective from today, where the seminarians have to carry out social service work for three hours on working days for three months.
“There is no fine. No imprisonment. Only social work,” he said.
The MCO, effective nationwide from March 18 to April 14, has entered its 16th day today.
As at 5pm yesterday, Malaysia recorded 2,908 cases, 2,218 in treatment, 645 discharged and 45 deaths.
The seminarians from College General were arrested yesterday for violating the MCO by playing football at their premises in Jalan Cengai, Tanjung Bungah.
According to Bernama, Northeast district police chief Soffian Santong said all 24 were detained by a police team who went to the scene at 7.14pm after receiving complaints from the public. – Malaysiakini