PPIM Denies Raising Funds For Release Bogus Dentist

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association
(PPIM) has denied playing a part in raising funds to pay a court fine for the
release of a bogus dentist on Oct 5, just six days into her 6-month prison
sentence.
However, its chief activist, Datuk Nadzim Johan, said the
group saw no wrong in other non-governmental organisations that helped raise
the RM70,000 fine for the 20-year-old vocational college graduate Nur Farahanis
Ezatty Adli.
Nadzim said PPIM only acted as an advisor to Nur Farahanis’
family and lawyer after she was sentenced to six months jail on Sept 29 for
failing to pay the fine.

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“Our question is, why is the public so mad at us? What did
we do that they are condemning us? The thing is, you must understand the issue.
Even professionals are hitting out on us.
“PPIM did not fork out even a single sen. We only advised
her family and lawyer when they met us,” he said at a press conference today,
adding that the funds were raised by a bikers club, which has ties with Nur
Farahanis’ family, with the help of the Malaysia Islamic Economic Activist
Organisation (PPEIM).
The PPIM drew flak from netizens and professional bodies for
its purported role in raising money to pay the fine.
The sessions court in Malacca had fined Nur Farahanis
RM70,000, in default six months’ jail, for running an unregistered private
dental clinic in contravention of Section 27 of the Private Healthcare
Facilities and Services Act 1998.
Nadzim said while he acknowledged that Nur Farahanis’
actions were wrong, the public should not act as a judge and condemn others who
had helped raise the funds to settle the fine.
Meanwhile, Bar Council president George Varughese said it
was the prerogative of the public prosecutor (PP) whether or not to appeal or
enhance Nor Farahanis’ sentence within 14 days from the sentence date, if it
decided that it was inadequate.
“The PP will take into account the nature and gravity of the
offence and the mitigating factors in deciding whether or not it is in the
public interest to appeal against a light sentence.
“(However) I am not in a position to say that the PP should
appeal against the sentence,” he told theSun.

— theSun

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