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Over 1,000 fined RM10,000 so far but no appeals, says health minister

Dr Adham Baba says those who do appeal and who receive a reduced compound should pay it immediately to be eligible for the lower amount.

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More than 1,000 people have been slapped with a RM10,000 compound since the enforcement of the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 on March 11 but none has submitted an appeal for a lower compound amount, says Health Minister Dr Adham Baba.

Adham told reporters today that the offenders could appeal to the state health director or deputy director for a lower amount based on the offence committed.

“So far, no one has appealed. When an appeal is made, a (new) compound will be issued based on the type and the date the offence was committed,” he said.

On the appeal process, Adham said an investigation paper would be opened by the health inspector to assess the type of offence committed and the amount of compound to be re-imposed.

He said investigation papers would be opened for four categories of offenders, namely persons with disabilities, the B40 group, students and those who could not afford to pay the compound. He said individuals from the B40 group would need to submit proof to enable them to appeal for a lower compound.

Adham said the strict enforcement of the regulation and the increase in amount of compound was not intended to punish, but rather as a preventive measure to break the chain of Covid-19 transmissions as well as to encourage the public to always follow the SOPs set by the government.

“Individuals who have been given (a lower) compound should immediately pay the compound to be eligible for the reduction,” he added.

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