MCA Penang has urged the Federal Government to standardise and provide clearer instructions on the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Tanjung MCA division chairman Loke Poh Chye said since the movement control order (MCO) was implemented, there have been a number of different guidelines and SOPs introduced.
He pointed out that different law enforcement agencies might have interpreted the guidelines and SOPs differently, leading to some confusion among the people.
He suggested that personnel from various law enforcement agencies attend workshops or classes to have a clear understanding of the guidelines and SOPs under the MCO through online videos.
“In addition, the Government must make use of the media to let the people clearly understand the guidelines and SOPs.
“The Government should carry out strict enforcement only after clarifying the details.
“At the same time, the severity of violations varies.
“The Government should gradually increase the fines according to the situation and impose higher fines for those who repeat their mistakes, ” he said in a press statement recently.
Loke said people were dissatisfied with the increase in maximum fines for those who violate the MCO.
“For individuals, the fine has been raised to RM10,000 and RM50,000 for corporate companies.
“This has caused dissatisfaction among some people and the Government must standardise the law enforcement.
“The SOPs and guidelines must clearly clarify what constitutes a violation, otherwise different law enforcement agencies may have different interpretations.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an economic downturn.
“If the fine cannot be paid, do people have to go to jail or face bankruptcy?
“Companies which are fined RM50,000, might face bankruptcy.
“While the Government is rigorously strengthening enforcement, it must also take into account the people’s ‘happy life’.
“Sometimes, people do not purposely violate SOPs and guidelines.
“They may accidentally make mistakes or may be confused about some regulations, therefore they should not be punished severely, ” he added.