RM800 fine for doctor who left house due to panic attack

The movement control order has been in place since March 18.

KUALA LUMPUR: A doctor who went out for a drive to overcome a panic attack was fined RM800 by the Magistrate’s Court here today for defying the movement control order (MCO).

Magistrate Aina Azahra Arifin meted out the fine on Dr Kanwaljit Singh Gill, 41, who pleaded guilty to the charge and paid the fine.

The doctor was charged with moving from 11A, Jalan Vethavanam, Batu 3 3/4 off Jalan Ipoh here to another place at Jalan Horley, Bukit Bintang, which is an infected area, at 9.45pm on April 20.

In doing so, he violated Regulation 3 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, which is enforced under the MCO.

In mitigation, his lawyer Ahmad Nabil Abd Rani from the National Legal Aid Foundation said his client had experienced a panic attack from being in the house for too long.

Deputy public prosecutor Noor Dayana Mohamad prosecuted.

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