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Failure to produce MyKad lands man two months’ jail

29th May, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: A young man has learned the hard way the importance of keeping his identification card on himself. Mohammad Rafi Abdul Mudin, 20, was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment for falling to produce his MyKad to police during an investigation.

Magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles, however, ordered him to run the custodial sentence from the date of arrest – February 2, and this means he is freed now.

While imposing the sentence, Lovely said, the accused is old enough to keep his MyKad himself and reminded him not to rely on his parents to take care of his MyKad.

She further stressed that the MyKad is important as it is his self-identification.

Rafi was convicted under Regulation 25 (1) (a) of the National Registration Regulations 1990. He admitted to committing the offence on February 2, at 2.45am in Gaya Street.

According to the facts of the case, the accused was nabbed as he was suspected to be involved in a criminal matter. During the investigation, he failed to produce his MyKad which led him be charged in court.

During mitigation, the accused asked for a lenient sentence and for the jail term to be run from the date of arrest. Asked by the court why he did not keep his MyKad himself, the accused said: “I have MyKad but the MyKad is with my mother.”

Inspector Lim Swee Beng urged for an adequate sentence. –ECA

   
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