Bogus dentist gets jail, RM100,000 fine for providing unlicensed service

KUALA LUMPUR: An online cosmetics dealer was sentenced to 24 months' jail and fined RM100,000 by the Sessions Court here today after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed dental company and carrying out procedures to install fake braces.

Judge Harmi Thamri Mohamad @ Shaharuddin sentenced Fatin Nabilah Mohamad Hassan, 26, after the defence failed to prove reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case.

The court ordered Fatin Nabilah, who was absent from court today, to serve a jail term from the date she reports herself to the prison and to serve another 12 months jail if she failed to pay the fine.

The court also rejected the application by lawyer Khairul Amin Abdullah who represented Fatin Nabilah to postpone the imprisonment and ordered Fatin Nabilah to pay the fine immediately.

Khairul Amin told the court that his client was unable to attend as she was undergoing acupuncture treatment at the Malacca Hospital for a slipped disc two weeks ago.

However, today's proceedings continued as the court had given a sufficient time period of more than two weeks for Fatin Nabilah to manage her health.

Deputy public prosecutor from the Health Ministry, Nurul Khairiyah Samsudin who prosecuted said Fatin Nabilah had failed to submit a medical certificate from a government health clinic and never submitted a letter from a government hospital doctor confirming that she could not come to court for health reasons.

Judge Harmi Thamri said the offence committed by Fatin Nabilah was a serious one and should be taken seriously by all parties as it affects the health and safety of the public.

"The public should also come forward and provide information to the Ministry of Health if they have knowledge of any unregistered individuals who carry out fake braces installation procedures," he said.

Fatin Nabilah was charged with operating a private dental clinic without registering under Section 27 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 at a hotel room in Jalan Metro Pudu 2, Fraser Business Park, Kuala Lumpur at 12.10pm on Dec 11, 2015.

She is charged with committing the offence under subsection 4 (1) of the act and punishable under subparagraph 5 (1) (a) (i) of the same act which provides for a fine not exceeding RM300,000 or imprisonment of a maximum of six years or both, upon conviction.

Nine prosecution witnesses and four defence witnesses were called to testify during the trial, which began in May 2016. — Bernama