M'sian journalist sentenced to 2 months' jail in good health - Wisma Putra

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN

PUTRAJAYA: The Foreign Ministry today confirmed that Malaysian journalist Mok Choy Lin was sentenced to two months' imprisonment for an offence committed under the Myanmar Aerodrome Act 1934.

It was reported that Mok, who works for Turkish Radio and Television (TRT), was detained on Oct 27 due to an unauthorised video recording of Hluttaw Building (House of Representatives) at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Along with Mok, Lau Hon Meng, a Singaporean journalist, their local interpreter, Aung Naing Soe, and their driver Hla Tin, who were on assignment for TRT, were also sentenced to two months' jail.

All four faced separate charges for allegedly importing the drone.

Previously, Myanmar authorities alleged the journalists tried to fly a drone over parliament without permission.

In a statement today, Wisma Putra said the Malaysian Embassy in Yangon had undertaken a consular visit on Mok, and she was reported to be in good health.

"The embassy is also closely cooperating with the Myanmar authorities, as well as the Embassies of Singapore and Turkey in Myanmar, to monitor and render the necessary consular assistance to their respective nationals involved," it said.

The ministry also reiterated the need for Malaysian citizens to understand thoroughly the rules and regulations of the host country prior to visit and every effort should be made to ensure adherence. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd