THE recent case of a 20-year-old in Miri who was issued a RM1,000 compound for not writing down his full name in the registration book when dining at an eatery, has received negative reaction from the public.
The youth had written down his Chinese name, contact details and temperature reading but an enforcement team checking on SOP compliance, compounded him as the name in the log book differed from his MyKad, which carried his English name.
Many people reacted as they felt the action was unwarranted.
On social media, many posted on the subject and expressed sympathy for the young man.
Even Miri mayor Adam Yii and local politicians weighed in on the issue, asking the enforcement authorities not to be too harsh.
I feel that while the authorities must be strict, they must be fair too.
This was a simple act of ignorance on the part of the young man and the officers should not have issued a compound immediately.
Instead, they should have allowed him a chance to explain and make a simple amendment to his name in the registration book.
Miri MP Dr Teo Yu Keng said there were disparities in enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOP) for businesses during the recovery movement control order (MCO).
He urged enforcement authorities to not overlook politicians and VIPs whom he said were breaking the rule on mandatory wearing of face masks at public gatherings that they posted about on social media.
He noted that many politicians turned up with their entourage to officiate political gatherings without wearing a mask, but no action had been taken against them.
Yii has also called on the authorities not to be “excessive” in issuing RM1,000 fines to those who, out of ignorance, did not write down their full name when dining in eateries.
He said he raised this matter to the Sarawak Disaster Relief Management Committee’s representative in Miri.
State Health Department and the police enforce the MCO’s SOP to battle the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Sarawak.
Sarawak has recorded 19 deaths and more than 650 positive cases so far.
Enforcement to ensure compliance of SOP is important, but authorities should be fair and ensure everyone is treated equally.
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