Individuals who were issued with the RM10,000 compound for violating the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) can appeal to the District Health Office to reduce the amount.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said health officers would use their discretion to determine the amount that needs to be paid by the offenders.
“Appeals can be made to (the district health offices), not to the police because this is under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
“So, when you go to pay the compound, make the appeal. I believe district health officers will definitely give a reduction,” he told reporters today.
He was asked to comment about the enforcement of the RM10,000 compound against the movement-control order (MCO) SOP violators after the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 was gazetted yesterday.
Elaborating, Ismail Sabri said the Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador had explained yesterday that the maximum compound was aimed at repeat offenders and extreme violation of the SOP.
Ismail Sabri said police have to state the maximum compound amount in the summons notice as stipulated in the ordinance and they were not allowed to amend it.
“Take shoe theft at mosque, for example, the charge will be made according to sections in the Penal Code and punishment will be decided based on the section.
“Although the offence is considered small, it will still be charged and punished under the Penal Code for stealing, and it is up to the court to decide on the punishment and offenders can appeal,” he explained.
For extreme violation of the SOP, he said it includes errant night club operators who continue their businesses despite government restrictions on the sector since the MCO was introduced.