Penang doctor charged for jogging during MCO pleads not guilty

Dr Ong Hean Teik defied the movement control order by jogging in a park two weeks ago.

GEORGE TOWN: The 61-year-old doctor who defied the movement control order (MCO) by jogging in a park two weeks ago claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court here today to a charge of obstructing the duty of a city council officer and violating disease control laws.

Dr Ong Hean Teik was handcuffed and brought to the courthouse in a police car.

A police officer said he pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out to him.

Ong was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code with obstructing the duties of Penang Island City Council enforcement officer Muhd Alif Aizad Abd Latif at City Park at Quarry Drive off Jalan Utama at 4.45pm on March 19.

He was also charged under under Regulation 3(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 with leaving his Tanjung Bungah home that day to carry out an activity classified as non-essential under MCO regulations.

The first offence carries a two-year jail term or RM10,000 fine upon conviction, while the second carries a RM1,000 fine or six-month jail term.

Magistrate Jamaliah Abdul Manaf set bail at RM13,000 for both charges – RM8,000 for the first and RM5,000 for the second charge. She also ordered Ong to hand his passport over to the court and set June 9 for case mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Yazid Mustaqim Roslan prosecuted while Bala Mahesan represented Ong.