PETALING JAYA: Police here will not be issuing compounds in the first couple of days of the implementation of the mandatory face mask use which begins on Saturday (Aug 1).
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal, however, warned the public not to mistake this for weakness.
"We will give everyone at least one to two days here to start the habit, but after that we will start taking action by issuing RM1,000 compounds for violations.
"Today, we took a short walk around the wet market on Jalan Othman, as well as the surrounding area.
"There are some areas that need to be improved on, and we will work with the Petaling Jaya City Council on this aspect," he told reporters at the scene on Saturday.
He said from observations, police found that people in the district were following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place in observing physical distancing and wearing face masks.
"We will go with the soft approach first before resorting to taking action.
"Our government has made this decision after studying the use of face masks, so we should follow it and together curb the spread of Covid-19," he said.
ACP Nik Ezanee said they had 13 compliance task force teams, consisting of five personnel, out and about to ensure everyone adheres to the SOP.
When asked, he said people only needed to wear masks when travelling on public transportation, in public places or crowded areas.
"If you are taking a bus, taxi or e-hailing ride, please use a face mask," he said.
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