MELAKA: A bogus dentist was fined RM70,000 by the Sessions Court for running an unlicensed dental service here eight months ago.
Judge Norma Ismail meted out the sentence against Nur Farahanis Ezatty Adli, 20, after she changed her plea to guilty.
Nur Farahanis was charged with running a private dental clinic without registering it under Section 27 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998.
The offence was committed at Bakti Homestay in Bukit Katil about 10.15pm on Jan 25.
The offence carries a maximum fine of RM300,000 or maximum jail of six years or both, upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Khairiyah Samsudin from the Health Ministry urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence as Nur Farahanis had risked the safety and health of her patients by fixing dental braces for them.
She said the procedure could only be carried out by registered dental practitioners and it was also not the first such case in Malaysia.
In mitigating, counsel Janariah Mustafa pleaded for a lenient sentence as the accused only graduated from a vocational college in August.
Norma then fined her RM70,000 or six months' jail. The fine was not paid.