CCTV footage proved that she was alone on an empty street.
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It took weeks of effort and media attention, but the Health Ministry has cancelled the RM1,000 compound issued to a cafe owner in Segamat, Johor for not wearing a facemask out in public, when there was no one else around.
In a joyous tweet on 6th March, Nur Izzati Aqilah Lokman Hakim shared that she had received a call from the Health Ministry who informed her that her compound had been cancelled by the Attorney General Chambers of Malaysia.
The Attorney General Chambers of Malaysia has cancelled the compound so I don’t need to pay. Alhamdulillah. Tq family friends and everyone for your prayers!Nur Izzati Aqilah Lokman Hakim via Twitter
assalamualaikum guys! latest uodate alhamdulillah dapat call dari KKM Putrajaya semalam. Jabatan peguam negara da batalkan kompaun aku ni so x peru bayar da 😍 Alhamdulillah. tq family friends and semua atas doa korang! https://t.co/iCYBtPHYTD— kakti (@kakti64) March 6, 2021
Fined for not wearing a mask in an empty street
Nur Izzati’s story was the subject of much debate earlier in January 2021 when the mother was issued a RM 1,000 compound by the police for not wearing a face mask while getting out of her car at an empty parking spot in front of her cafe in Segamat, Johor.
The compound was issued on 20 January 2021 by the Segamat District Police for not wearing a face mask in a public setting during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
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.
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
She later released CCTV footage of the incident to prove her innocence and sent a personal plea to Johor Police Chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay to review her charges.
Aku bukan nak give up awal ke apa. tapi nampaknya kes aku ni mcm xda future ja 😅 hadoiii. da bagi bukti cctv tempat x sesak pun senyap je. video duration 6 minit yg aku ada. tp x reti nak post video panjang. aku redha. tunggu mahkamah maha Esa je la. ha gitu. 4 polis, aku, anak2 https://t.co/iCYBtPHYTD pic.twitter.com/DPqy1uG8S4— kakti (@kakti64) January 21, 2021
At the time, 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.
She had also stated that her case might already be a lost cause and was presumably no longer pursuing to have her charges removed.
However, after weeks of silence it appears that the outcome is in her favour.
TRP has reached out to Nur Izzati for comments.
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