Police: Fines only issued when warnings not heeded

THE police have assured the public that compounds will be issued to violators of the movement control order only after giving them ample warning.

Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Safety Division (JPJKK) DSP Ariffin Bahar said a RM1,000 fine was usually issued after giving three to four warnings to those not adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP).

“People are stubborn, so we have to issue warnings, followed by a fine, ” he said in a virtual press conference.

It was chaired by Sibu Municipal Council deputy chairman Bujang Abdul Majid.

“Sometimes, we feel sorry for the offenders, but we have to issue the fine as they refuse to take our advice and warning seriously, ” added DSP Ariffin.

Citing an example, he said during the MCO from Jan 16 to Feb 14 in Sibu district, people still stayed out past 10pm.

“It shows that they did not want to follow the SOP, ” he said.

DSP Ariffin said the police did not want the Pasai Cluster to spread to other areas in Sibu.

“We will continue to educate the people and advise them to follow the SOP, ” he said.

He added that from Jan 16 to Feb 14 during the MCO period, 51 people were fined RM1,000 each for defying the MCO.

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