Three Singaporeans will be charged in court on on Wednesday (May 13) after breaching their Stay-Home Notices (SHN).
According to an Immigration & Checkpoints Authority press release on May 13, the three Singaporeans are: 28-year-old Quresh Singh Sandhu, 54-year-old Azhar Bin Khamis and 60-year-old Zahari Bin Samat.
Breached SHN requirements
Here are the details on the three cases:
Quresh Singh Sandhu
Quresh arrived in Singapore from Batam, Indonesia, on March 17. He was served with an SHN for the period from March 17 to 31.
Instead of proceeding to his declared place of residence in Sembawang Drive, he took public transport to Marina Bay Sands where he worked as a security officer.
Marina Bay Sands has clarified that the individual is not its direct hire, but rather, a staff employed by its vendor.
After he left work on March 18, he took public transport to his company’s lodging at Dunlop Street where he shared a room with three co-workers.
He also continued to commute to work daily between March 19 and 21.
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) discovered his breach of SHN on March 21 when enforcement officers visited his declared place of residence in Sembawang Drive and found that he was not there.
Azhar Bin Khamis
Azhar arrived in Singapore from Batam, Indonesia, on March 26, 2020, and was served with an SHN for the period from March 26 to Apr. 9, 2020.
Instead of proceeding to his declared place of residence in Tampines, he spent the night at his sister’s residence in Serangoon.
He left his sister’s residence on March 27 and spent the next few days in public areas at Harbourfront.
ICA enforcement officers visited his declared place of residence in Tampines on Apr. 5 and found that he was not there. He was discovered at the Singapore Cruise Centre later that day.
Zahari Bin Samat
Zahari arrived in Singapore from Batam, Indonesia, on Apr. 1, 2020 and was served with an SHN for the period from Apr. 1 to Apr. 15.
He had proceeded to a rented address at North Bridge Road, which was not his declared place of accommodation at Ang Mo Kio.
Zahari went to the ICA Building on Apr. 2 to inform an officer that he had provided an outdated address in his electronic health declaration and intended to update the address where he would serve his SHN.
He was advised to return to his place of accommodation at North Bridge Road immediately. However, on Apr. 8, he left his place of accommodation again and was arrested by CNB officers at an open air carpark nearby.
ICA has investigated the breaches
ICA has investigated these three individuals’ wilful breaches of SHN requirements.
Quresh will be charged under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act, while Azhar and Zahari will be charged under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020.
A person convicted of an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act and its Regulations is liable to a fine of up to S$10,000, or up to six months’ imprisonment, or both.
With effect from March 16, 2020, 11:59pm, all residents, Long-Term Pass (LTP) holders and short-term visitors entering Singapore with travel history to any ASEAN country within the previous 14 days would be issued an SHN and must remain in their place of residence at all times for a 14-day period.
From March 20, 2020, 11:59pm, these requirements were extended to all residents, LTP holders and short-term visitors entering Singapore.
Further measures were put in place from Apr. 9 requiring all residents, LTP holders and short-term visitors entering Singapore to serve their 14-day SHN at dedicated facilities.
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