MELAKA, Dec 5 — A total of 22 Chinese nationals were sentenced to a month’s jail and fined RM20,000 each, in default two months’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for turning and managing a residential place into a common gaming house.
They were among fifty one (51) Chinese nationals, including ten (10) women, who were brought to separate courts for illegal gambling activities in Melaka, Malaysia.
Twenty-nine (29) others were brought to separate Sessions Court for criminal conspiracy where they were alleged to be engaged in cheating by offering loans through online, which actually did not exist, by targeting on Chinese nationals.
Sixteen (16) of them pleaded not guilty to the charge before judge Norma Ismail, while the remaining thirteen (13) made their not guilty plea before judge Elesabet Paya Wan.
Magistrate Muhammad Nazrin Ali Rahim handed down the sentence after all of them pleaded guilty to the charge, which was read out to them in Mandarin.
Muhammad Nazrin ordered them to serve the jail sentence from the date of their arrest, which was November 19.
They were charged with committing the offence at Taman Kota Bendahari, Klebang Besar here between 4pm and 4.10pm on November 19.
All of them were charged with committing the offence at Taman Kota Bendahari, Klebang Besar here last November 19 and 20.
They were charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 120B(1) for criminal conspiracy, and faced an imprisonment for up to 10 years and fine, if found guilty.
All of them were not allowed bail and both courts set January 8 for mention.