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You’ll be fined for RM10,000 if you breach the SOP starting 11 March

Individuals who’ve violated the Movement Control Order SOP will now be facing tougher fine of RM10,000 starting 11 March 2021. The amendment to the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) Ordinance 2021 had been published  on the Federal Gazette website on 25 February 2021.

The fine for companies can be even tougher to swallow and they are RM50,000 for each incident found.

This is a 10 times and 50 times increase respectively as compared to the current fine of RM1,000.

In the amendments, the Act stated that if the case is being brought up to court, one can be fined for RM100,000 or jailed for up to 7 years, or both at once.

Currently, if an individual is convicted for these offences, they can be jailed for 2 years if they are convicted for the first time. Subsequent offenses can result in up to 5 years in prison or a fine, or both.

Source: MYC!

Other enforcements

  • Arrest without warrant

There were other changes that were made too. Officers are now given “investigative powers”, which which means that no warrant is required for officers to make arrests.

  • Stricter punishments for

In incidents where an individual is infected or who is believed to be infected may be ordered to wear a tracking device. The tracking device will provided by the authorities and any act of destroying, damaging, disappearing or altering it, becomes an offense.

Committing these offense will attract you a fine of not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to 6 months, or both.

Read the full Act here.

Netizen’s comment

Having stricter punishments will always attract backlashes from the public. In this particular situation, most are commenting on whether it is a reasonable move for the government to impose such a high fine. It can potentially be the reason for the B40 and M40 to go bankrupt.

Some were commenting that it was the government’s responsibility to keep the situation under control, which they have failed to and hence, imposing hefty fines on the public to make them comply to the SOP.

Source: Facebook

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