Cardiologist who went jogging charged in court

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By S. Harrish

A CARDIOLOGIST who challenged authorities trying to enforce the movement control order was charged with two offences today.

Prosecutors charged Dr Ong Hean Teik, 61, with going to the Taman Bandaraya on March 19 without a valid reason and with obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty at the same place. Dr Ong claimed trial to both charges.

He was allowed bail at RM13,000 for both charges and ordered to surrender his passport.

He was also ordered to report to the police station once a month and set mention date of the case on June 9.

On March 19, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) enforcement officers spotted Dr Ong jogging at Taman Bandaraya and advised him to go home to observe the MCO implemented the day before.

The doctor argued with them, insisting he was entitled to be at the recreational park to exercise for health reasons.

A video of the disagreement was shared on social media while the MBPP lodged a police report against Dr Ong after the incident.