(File pix) Two Thai nationals who were caught soliciting donations for a religious school illegally, here, were each slapped with a RM2,300 fine by the Petaling Jaya magistrate's court today.

PETALING JAYA: Two Thai nationals who were caught soliciting donations for a religious school illegally, here, were each slapped with a RM2,300 fine by the magistrate's court today.

Rusali Bueraheng and Abdulloh Arrong, both 45, were also ordered to serve four months behind bars by magistrate Atiqah Abd Karim@Husaini if they failed to pay the fine.

The duo pleaded guilty to collecting donations for Madrasah Tahfiz Darul Islah without valid licence in front of CIMB Bank in Jalan 52/2, here at about 6pm on Aug 26.

Their offence under Section 3 (3) of the House to House and Streets Collections Act 1947 carries a maximum fine of RM5,000 or imprisonment of up to two years or both, if are convicted.

Both of them had earlier pleaded leniency saying that they were the sole breadwinners of their family.

Deputy public prosecutor Abu Arsalnaa Zainal Abidin however urged for deterrence saying that there are too many cases similar like this occurring here.

"The sentence should serve as a lesson to both accused as well as the public so that such offences would not be repeated," he said.

According to the facts of the case, police saw both accused asking for donation at the place of the incident.

Police found that the men were collecting donations without valid permit and found RM2,000 cash, the religious school's receipts and stamp.

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