330 slapped with RM10k fine for MCO violation so far

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A total 330 individuals have been issued compound notices of RM10,000 each to date for flouting the movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedure (SOP) nationwide, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

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“Yes, 330 individuals have been issued with the compound notices for flouting the MCO SOP,” he said when contacted.

He said the decision to raise the amount of compound was not to punish offenders excessively or enable the government to collect money from the public.

He said it was aimed at individuals who repeated the same offences under the MCO SOP such as failure to wear face mask, observe physical distancing and providing temperature scanning facility at premises.

Yesterday, Abdul Hamid said the value of compound for flouting MCO SOP was raised to RM10,000 from RM1,000 under the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, which was gazetted on March 11.

Meanwhile, an individual was served a RM10,000 compound after he failed to register himself using the MySejahtera application when entering a food outlet in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Cheras district police chief ACP Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon said an inspection also found the individual did not register himself in a registration book provided by the shop.

He said the action to compound the individual was made under Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021

“The compound was issued when the MCO SOP team was conducting a check at the location at 6.55pm.

“It must be stressed that claims of the compounded individual that he had registered himself via other channel or application or the registration book provided by the shop were not true,” he said in a statement today.

In Johor Baru, a couple is crying foul over two compounds issued by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to them for not wearing face masks, even though there were no customers in the premises at the time.

Hong Chee Sheng, 52, who owns a school uniform shop in Taman Johor Jaya said he had pulled down his face mask to his chin while standing at the front counter at around 3pm on March 7 since there were no customers.

“I noticed a man outside my shop, so I quickly put on my face mask properly before walking out, thinking that he was a customer.

“The man then introduced himself as a ministry enforcement personnel and rudely told me that I had violated the law by not wearing a face mask.

“I explained to him that there was no customer inside my shop so I pulled down my face mask for a breather but he insisted that I was in the wrong,” he said at a press conference organised by Pasir Gudang MCA division chief Tan Tuan Peng on Friday (March 12).

He said the enforcement personnel showed him a video recording on his smartphone before Hong realised that the man had been secretly filming the shop.

Hong added that he was puzzled that his 48-year-old wife, Yong Chan Chin, who was having tea in the shop’s back room, was also compounded for not wearing a face mask.

A RM1,000 compound was issued to each of them under Section 15 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

Tan said the ministry officer should have advised them before slapping the couple with a compound because there were no customers present at the time.

“The Act does not say that a person has to wear face masks for 24 hours while inside the premises.

“It depends on the situation. It is an offence when they do not wear a face mask if there are customers around,” he said.