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330 RM10,000 Compounds Issued To People Violating Movement Control Order (MCO) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Since 11 March

Those who breach movement control order (MCO) regulations may be fined up to RM10,000, according to the e-Federal Gazette.

The Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, which was published on the Federal Gazette website on Thursday (Feb 25), stated that the fine of up to RM10,000 would be effective from March 11, 2021.

Since 11 March, Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) officers have issued a total of 330 RM10,000 compounds to people who violated the Movement Control Order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The Emergency Ordinance came into force yesterday itself.

In a press statement yesterday, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the value of the compound for violating the MCO SOPs has been increased from RM1,000 to RM10,000.

IGP Abdul Hamid assured that the RM10,000 fine will only be enforced on repeat and stubborn offenders and not be used as a blanket penalty against the general public.

According to him, the decision to increase the value of the compound to RM10,000 is not to punish the public excessively or allow the government to collect money from them.

He explained that all fines related to SOP breaches issued will show an amount of RM10,000 on the summons, as this is part of the police’s duty to note the maximum compound offered for such offences.

“The person issued with the fine will have two weeks to settle it, where the final amount will be decided by the district health officer at their respective district health offices,” he told a press conference.

“So it is not a case of you automatically being required to pay RM10,000 once you receive the fine. These amounts are ultimately at the district health officer’s discretion. The police are not out to punish anyone… We are just the messengers who enforce the law and issue the fine.”

He also asked people to not worry about the RM10,000 fine, saying it’s “better to worry about being infected with COVID-19” and that the compound is a “deterrent punishment”.

Meanwhile, Abdul Hamid mentioned the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No 2) Ordinance 2021, which take effect today will enable the police to act immediately against those who spread fake news relating to Covid-19 and the proclamation of Emergency.

Aside from this, he said the police had to obtain the order to investigate (OTI) from the deputy public prosecutor’s (DPP) office first, which may take a week, which often delayed any enforcement and action that need to be taken.

“Now, we don’t have to wait for the OTI from the DPP. We can take immediate action and hence, curb the spread of fake news which may cause panic and anxiety among the public,” he said.

According to the Federal Government Gazette yesterday, any individuals who create, publish or disseminate fake news on Covid-19 or the proclamation of Emergency could now face a fine of up to RM100,000 or three years jail or both.

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