M’sian driver slapped with RM10,000 fine, 12 days jail after blocking Yang di-Pertua of Sarawak’s escort

Image credits: Voice Johor, FMT

A maintenance company employee was recently slapped with a whopping RM10,000 fine, and will be required to serve a jail term of 12 days after he was found guilty of obstructing the duties of a police officer, in addition to reckless driving along the Sultan Iskandar Highway. According to local Malay paper Harian Metro, the incident happened after the accused, who was driving a yellow Honda Civic at the time, refused to give way to the Yang di-Pertua of Sarawak’s escort.

Local driver sentenced after blocking Yang di-Pertua of Sarawak’s escort

This comes after Mr Erdy Errwan Hamdan, who was serving four days in remand, was sentenced by Magistrate Magistrate Aina Azahra Arifin to an initial punishment of seven days in jail with a RM3,000 fine. On the other hand, Magistrate Amanina Mohamad Anuar sentenced Erwan to a five-day jail term and a fine of RM7,000, before barring him from holding or acquiring a driver’s license for not less than five years.

A local driver was sentenced to 12 days jail and faces a RM10,000 fine for obstructing the duties of a policeman who was escorting the Yang di-Pertua Sarawak. Image credits: Voice Johor
A local driver was sentenced to 12 days jail and faces a RM10,000 fine for obstructing the duties of a policeman who was escorting the Yang di-Pertua Sarawak. Image credits: Voice Johor

The case was prosecuted under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstruction of a public servant’s duties, and can carry a maximum jail term of two years, a fine of RM10,000, or both. He was also charged under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving, which carries a maximum jail term of five years, a fine of not less than RM5,000 but not more than RM15,000, and a ban on acquiring or holding a driver license for not less than five years.

Pleaded for leniency

He was seen driving a yellow Honda Civic at the time of the incident. Image credit: FMT
He was seen driving a yellow Honda Civic at the time of the incident. Image credit: FMT

Erwan was instructed by Magsistrate Aina Azahra to serve his seven-day sentence effective from the date of his arrest on 7th May, or risk being jailed for three months if he fails to pay his fine in full. Similarly, Magistrate Amanina Mohamad Anuar had also ordered the commencement of his five-day sentence, effective yesterday (10th May 2022) to be served in full, or risk a five month jail term should he fail to pay off his fine in full.

The accused, who was not represented in court, pleaded for leniency as he only brought home an income of RM1,600 to RM1,700, which he uses to support his wife and two children, aged six and three.

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