Do you remember the bogus dentist Nur Farahanis Ezatty Adli where she “learned” orthodontics from YouTube videos and started serving unsuspecting clients for a cheaper fee than normal dentists?
She was sentenced to six months in jail on September 29 last year but was released after serving only six days as several NGOs had raised RM70,000 to pay the fine meted by the Melaka Sessions Court.
Today (Oct 22), the High Court had upheld the RM70,000 fine as ruled by the lower court last year, The Star reported. The 21-year-old vocational college graduate, also known as Nara, was charged under Section 27 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 for operating a private dental clinic without a licence.
The prosecution, led by deputy public prosecutor from the Health Ministry Fairuz Syuhada Amran, contended that Farahanis should be sentenced to imprisonment but the High Court dismissed the appeal. Judge Datuk Ahmad Nasfy Yasin said jailing Farahanis wouldn’t be necessary as the defendant had learned her lessons and promised to not repeat the mistake.
The judge called on the public to respect the court’s decision, adding that the fine was fair as the court took considerations of her future and that she wasn’t working. He also said the decision by the Sessions Court was apt to be upheld as the case became viral on social media.
We are not so sure whether she actually learned her mistake because when she was released from Sungai Udang Prison, she appeared smiley and posted a video of herself thanking the haters. In the controversial video which went viral eventually, she said she wouldn’t become famous, “bertambah kaya dan berjaya” (more wealthy and successful) without those who criticized her. Of course, netizens weren’t happy with it and claimed she didn’t appear remorseful for her action at all, citing that she was able to get free without any actual punishment.
The RM70,000 fine didn’t burden her family as it’s reported that Malaysia Islamic Economic Activist Organisation (PPEIM) and another NGO organized a fundraising to free Farahanis.
“The RM70,000 was raised in less than 24 hours due to a huge donation from a motorcycle club,” said PPEIM chairman Zamri Zainon, who also provided legal assistance to the fake dentist.
The Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) was embroiled in the controversy as well because Farahanis thanked them in the aforementioned viral video, according to The Star. Netizens were furious at the NGO after the video blew up. After all, PPIM is a consumers association and Farahanis’ act was a threat to the clients’ well-being as she wasn’t a professionally trained dentist.
In response to the backlash, PPIM held a press conference to assert that they didn’t contribute a sen to Farahanis and claimed that the NGO didn’t approve her action which was deemed as “wrong and risky”. However, the NGO said they would provide help for her to start a legitimate business if needed and there was no denying that she was “intelligent”.
The compliment came after the NGO learned that Farahanis could perform orthodontics just from watching YouTube guide videos, something which she brazenly admitted during the trial.
Maybe it was “intelligent” but here’s a shocker. The reason Farahanis was arrested the first place was because she filed a report to police as two of her patients didn’t pay her dental fees, FMT reported. She alleged that the two patients failed to pay RM700 fee to the Melaka Tengah police headquarters on August 12, 2016.
After the report, the state Health Department grew suspicious of her clinic which eventually led to the enforcement officers raiding it on January 25 last year. It was found that she was running her “business” in a homestay and even after the raid, she remained unrepentant and continued her service. Doesn’t sound anything close to “intelligent,” don’t you think?
However, after the whole furore, she apologized over a 5-minute video sent to Harian Metro. She said she was sorry as she was only 19-year-old and knew nothing about the law. She denied the Health Ministry had supported her action and regretted for the viral video that had her brought so many troubles.
“First of all, I’d like to touch on the issue of my video uploaded on February 2, where people had labelled me arrogant and showing no remorse despite being sentenced to jail.
“The video was meant as a way for me to say thank you to everyone who had spent time to listen and understand my situation at that moment.
“I would also like to say sorry to all dentists, dental experts and everyone in the dentistry field for my wrongdoings.
“Perhaps, this will serve as a lesson to me. I totally regret my actions,” NST quoted her as saying.