KUALA LUMPUR，Mar 11: The enforcement of a RM10,000 fine on individuals who repeatedly breach the movement control order (MCO) as well as those who can trigger the spread of Covid-19 is now effective.
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the government’s decision to increase the compound fine from RM1,000 to RM10,000 was not for all offences related to violation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) but would be meted out for more severe offences.
The heftier penalties are part of the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, which came into force today.
“It is for certain offences, namely for those who are stubborn by committing offences repeatedly as well as those who violate SOPs, including (unauthorised) interstate travel, causing the spread of Covid-19,” he told reporters at a press conference in Bukit Aman headquarters here today.
Hamid made it clear that police would only be involved in enforcing SOPs’ compliance by issuing a compound fine and would not be accepting payments.
“Police can only issue compounds, not collect them. District health officers have the power to determine the value of the fines according to the situation and types of offences,” he said.
He added that those who are fined will be given two weeks to settle the payment.
On the matter of interstate travel, he said he had instructed tighter controls and inspections at roadblocks, especially at state borders.
He said this was to avoid any interstate travel clusters.
He also commented on breach of SOPs among VIPs and politicians, saying that politicians must adhere to the rules and regulations in carrying out political activities.
“I give an assurance that action will be taken against VIPs and politicians who violate the SOPs,” he added.