KUALA PILAH: A 26-year-old woman who tried to avoid quarantine in Johor Baru for 14 days after crossing over from Singapore was slapped with a RM1,000 compound after she was found to have defied the movement control order (MCO) here on April 8.
She was also sent to a quarantine centre in Negri Sembilan.
Kuala Pilah OCPD Supt Amran Mohd Ghani on Thursday (April 9) said the woman's brother, 29, who picked her up from the Seremban bus terminal, was also slapped with a compound.
He said the duo were detained at a roadblock near Ulu Bendul around 10.50pm.
"The woman, who works in Singapore, was ordered to undergo a 14-day quarantine after she crossed over to Johor Baru.
"However, she refused to adhere to the directive and decided to go back home to Bahau," he said.
Supt Amran said when police asked why they were not obeying the MCO, the woman said she had just come home to see her mother.
This, he said, was an offence under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020. Those charged in court can be fined up to RM1,000 or jailed up to six months or both, if convicted.
He said the siblings were taken to a police station in Melang and issued the compounds.
"They will have to pay the compound at the state Health department within two weeks, failing which they will be charged in court," he said.
Supt Amran said the woman was then taken to a quarantine centre, the Institute Aminuddin Baki in Nilai, by Kuala Pilah health department officials.
Police began issuing the compounds to those who violate the MCO instead of charging them in courts from Wednesday (April 8).
Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said violators would not be offered discounts.
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