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Johor Cafe Owner Thinks It Might Be A Lost Cause To Fight RM1,000 Fine For Not Wearing A Face Mask

Johor Cafe Owner Thinks It Might Be A Lost Cause To Fight RM1,000 Fine For Not Wearing A Face Mask

The cafe owner had previously gone viral for sharing her dissatisfaction over being fined.

Akmal Hakim

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In an attempt to unmask the truth, a cafe owner in Segamat, Johor released CCTV footage to make her case against getting fined RM1,000 for not wearing a facemask out in public, when there was no one else around.

Nur Izzati Aqilah Lokman Hakim posted up a video on social media showing the moment she was approached by police officers at a parking spot near her store

The clip showed the woman exiting her car before a police patrol MPV pulled over and four officers appeared on the screen.

Nur Izzati writes that the footage was evidence there was no one other than herself, her child and the police officers when she was issued the fine.

On 20 January 2021, Nur Izzati received a compound from the Segamat District Police for not wearing a face mask in a public setting.

She described the incident as an injustice because the government had previously made it clear that it was okay for people to not have masks on in public if there was no one else around.

READ MORE: Ismail Sabri: Wearing Face Mask Only Mandatory In CROWDED Public Places

Can you imagine, I just stepped out of my car to get my kid in the passenger seat, not in a crowded place…They gave me a fine. Because I’m not a politician. All the other stores around my cafe were closed.

Nur Izzati via Twitter
(kakti64/Twitter)

Lost cause?

Nur Izzati also revealed that she had sent a personal plea to Johor Police Chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay to review her charges.

However, Ayob Khan had explained in a statement that investigations proved that there were other people around the area at the time she was fined and that Nur Izzati’s claims to dispute the fact were untrue.

There was a cafe employee who was wearing a face mask at the time… So her statement that there was no one else around and that the place was not crowded is not true.

Ayob Khan via NST

In her defence, Nur Izzati said that the worker in question was an employee that lived with her in the same house and was part of her “social bubble“.

She further stated that her case might already be a lost cause and is presumably no longer pursuing to have her charges removed.

At this point, I wouldn’t mind paying the RM1,000 but all I want is for the people to know that I am not lying about the fact that I was not in a crowded area.

Nur Izzati via Facebook

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