According to the latest announcement from Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), the Cabinet had agreed to set the guidelines in determining the compound amount and discount rate under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) and the amendments take effect on Wednesday (17 March).
Acording to The Star, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said companies and individuals who were fined under Act 342 can enjoy discounts of up to 50% if they pay within the stipulated period.
“If they pay their compounds from eight to fourteen days after they were fined, they are eligible for a 25% discount, ” he said in a press conference at the Health Ministry headquarters on Wednesday.
Apart from the discount, Takiyuddin added that offences for violating the SOPs are not categorised as serious, moderate and normal, where the fine amounts according to the severity of the offences.
A serious offence is one that causes large-scale community transmission and has high impact on the community, a moderate offence is one that causes high virus transmission but does not have significant impact on the community and a normal offence involves low-risk transmission and has no impact on the community.
The offences that are categorised as normal include when individuals do not wear a face mask and, for this, the fine had been set at RM1,500.
An example of one being categorised as high risk is when a medical practitioner fails to inform of a positive case as required under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations and, for this, the fine had been set at RM5,000.
Whereas an example of a moderate risk is when a person enters an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) area, the fine had been set at RM3,000.
Takiyuddin added that MoH and PDRM have briefed their personnel that the fines are to be issued as a last resort after advice has been given but not taken seriously. They will be changing their approach where their aim is to monitor SOP implementation among the people, whereby advice will be given before a fine is issued.
Lastly, if you violate the SOP of not wearing a face mask, you’ll need to pay only RM750 if you pay in time!