Sunday, April 11, 2021

RM10,000 fine not for all SOP offences, top cop explains

Abdul Hamid Bador says the RM10,000 compound will not be issued for offences such as failure to wear face masks.

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Police today said the enforcement of RM10,000 compounds, effective March 11, will only be on individuals who repeatedly breach the movement control order (MCO) and those who could trigger the spread of Covid-19.

Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador said the government’s decision to increase the compound amount from RM1,000 to RM10,000 was not for all offences related to SOP violations.

“We admit that many people misunderstand (the move) and worry about the compound amount of up to RM10,000. It is not for all offences, including failure to wear face masks.

“It is for certain offences, namely for those who remain stubborn by committing the offences repeatedly as well as those who violate the SOPs, including for interstate travel, causing the spread of Covid-19,” he said when met by reporters today.

On Feb 25, it was reported that individuals who violate the SOPs set for the prevention and control of Covid-19 will face a maximum fine of RM10,000 beginning March 11.

This was stipulated in the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 through a federal government gazette uploaded on the official portal of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, which also states that companies or corporations that violate SOPs can be fined up to RM50,000.

Hamid said individuals issued compounds of RM10,000 could appeal to the health ministry for a reduction.

“Maybe from a compound of RM10,000, they will only need to pay RM200 after the appeal, depending on the reasons given,” he said, adding that the police would only be involved in enforcing SOP compliance by issuing compounds and not accepting compound payments.

He also said police would recommend to the ministry that the RM10,000 compound be imposed on entertainment premises that operate without a licence.

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