With the long and overdue Movement Control Order (MCO) period currently underway, it appears that more and more people have been unfairly slapped with hefty compounds for allegedly flouting the SOPs.
Recently, a TiKTok clip by a user named Natasha Zulaikha went viral, as the Malaysian girl revealed that she and her friend literally had to dig into their own savings in order to pay the hefty fine after they were caught breaching the rules.
In the TikTok video shared by Natasha, she and her friend, known as Nur Sabrina, were seen going out together to help the latter with her university assignment. Unexpectedly, the two girls found themselves getting detained by the cops and had to be taken to the police station afterwards.
“Actually, we went out to finish Sabrina’s assignment. Based on the title, we had to talk about the interesting places in Penang, so there should be photos of us sightseeing. That’s why we had to go out,” Natasha explained to mStar.
“We only wanted to record a video (of ourselves outdoors) to be used in the introduction part, while for the other parts, we were planning to find some photos on the internet. After that, we stopped by at Watsons to buy some stuffs, because we didn’t want to go out several times. We then went to the KFC drive-thru after Sabrina completed her work,” the student further added.
However, both Natasha and Sabrina were later detained by a group of policemen who asked them to go straight to the police station. “We stayed at the station from 6pm till the sun set (Maghrib time). At that time, the police who detained us returned to the station,” the girl told the local portal.
Natasha continued by saying, “Then, he called the inspector and we were all fined RM2,000 each. We tried to explain the whole situation to the police. But they said no, the inspector had instructed everyone to be compounded.”
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So what kind of offence were made by the duo? Was it worth a RM2k fine? According to Natasha, the authorities said that she and her friend were caught travelling in the same car when both of them are from different households.
“Only two people in a car are allowed. But we didn’t know that those from different home addresses are not allowed to ride in the same car. That’s why when we saw the police, we felt okay and surrendered ourselves,” she was quoted as saying.
In the meantime, Natasha also revealed that since she had just lost her job during the MCO period, and Sabrina is still studying, both of them had to dig into their own savings to pay the compound. Since the latter is still a student, both of them have been offered a reduction in payment, and they only have to pay RM500.
However, Natasha revealed that she is also currently looking for side-income, as she only has RM200 in her savings which she had saved since last year.