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Malaysian first to have PR status revoked for breaking Covid-19 rules

Malaysian first to have PR status revoked for breaking Covid-19 rules

Source: Straits Times
Article Date: 06 Feb 2021
Author: Jean Iau

Chong Tet Choe was sentenced to two weeks' jail last August for breaching his stay-home notice when he left his hostel several times to run errands.

A Malaysian man who was convicted of leaving his hostel multiple times during his stay-home notice (SHN) has been stripped of his permanent residence (PR) status.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) revoked Chong Tet Choe's PR status on Thursday.

It added in a statement yesterday: "Singapore permanent residents who have been convicted of an offence will have their PR status reviewed by the ICA."

Chong, 47, is the first to have his PR status revoked for breaching Covid-19 rules.

Another man, 45, lost his PR status and was barred from re-entering Singapore in February last year, when he insisted on leaving Singapore despite being issued an SHN after travelling to China.

ICA said it rejected his application for the renewal of his re-entry permit which allows a person to retain his or her PR status while outside of Singapore.

Chong was sentenced to two weeks' jail on Aug 7 last year for breaching Covid-19 regulations.

He was charged in June for breaching his SHN on four occasions to run errands with the knowledge that he displayed symptoms of Covid-19 infection.

ICA yesterday said that foreigners who fail to comply with public health regulations and requirements in Singapore may face further administrative action by ICA or the Ministry of Manpower, or both. This includes revoking or shortening the validity of permits and passes to remain or work in Singapore.

Last year, the court heard that Chong visited Summit Medical Clinic at Block 134 Jurong Gateway Road on April 29, complaining of a cough and body aches.

He was issued a medical certificate, and was informed that it was also an SHN.

Chong was told that he should stay in his residence at Westwood Hostel in Jurong West Avenue 5 from April 29 to May 3, and not leave it except to seek medical attention.

But he left his hostel on April 30 to buy groceries and withdraw money at a nearby supermarket.

Chong also went to a canteen near the hostel to buy food on May 2 and 3.

He left his residence for a second time on May 3 to top up the credit in his mobile phone at an AXS machine.

It was only after he was shown the hostel's access records that he confessed to his offences, the court heard.

For each of his offences, Chong could have been jailed for up to six months and fined up to $10,000.

He could have been jailed for up to a year and fined up to $20,000 for repeat offences.

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