Beware! There will no longer be leniency to those who fail to comply with rules of the Movement Control Order (MCO), as those who do will be slapped with a RM10,000 compound effective today (March 11).
The strict action followed the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 gazetted starting 12.01am at midnight today.
This entails an issue of compound notice amounting to RM10,000 should one be found guilty of breaking SOPs. However, the amount is subject to discretion of the District Health Officer (PKD).
While announcing the matter, Inspector-General of Police of Malaysia, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said that the police does not have the authority to set the actual compound value and can only go as far as issuing notices.
Thus, he stressed that only the PKD can determine a compound amount deemed suitable of up to RM10,000.
“This decision serves as a reminder to the public that COVID-19 is still existent and it would be a detrimental outcome to not abide by SOPs.
“Compounded individuals will be given a two-week duration to pay for the compound. Appeals of the compound value may also be made to the PKD during that time,” Abdul Hamid explained.
He said so during a media session at Bukit Aman today.
Commenting further, Abdul Hamid stated that the increment of compound value is not to overly punish the public or enable the government to collect more money from citizens, but to ensure that the public comply with SOPs.