Seven devotees fined RM1,000 each for violating conditional MCO in Butterworth


BUTTERWORTH: Seven devotees, including two women were slapped with a RM1,000 fine each, for violating the conditional movement control order (MCO) at a temple in Mak Mandin here on Saturday (Nov 14).

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the individuals who are all in their 40s were found not practising physical distancing while celebrating the temple's anniversary.

"During the inspection, all of them were found not following the standard operating procedure (SOP), ” he said in a statement on Sunday (Nov 15).

ACP Noorzainy said the seven were among 37 individuals who were fined during an operation in ensuring SOP compliance in the district.

He said besides the temple in Mak Mandin, the other individuals were compounded at several locations in the district.

ACP Noorzainy said that at a Butterworth public market, five individuals aged between 17 and 71, including a woman, were compounded for failing to follow SOPs such as registering their names and having their temperature recorded before entering the market at about 9am.

"They were issued the fines at the spot after checks showed they did not adhere to the SOP," he said.

He said 19 individuals aged between 30 and 40, including two women, were fined at a cafe in Butterworth that operated beyond its operating hours during the conditional MCO.

ACP Noorzainy also said that two men aged 27 and 45 were also fined for the same violation

at another location at Sungai Puyu.

He added further checks at a food stall in Sungai Dua also found four men violating SOP and they were slapped with a RM1,000 fine each.

"The stall owner was fine for operating beyond the operating hours while his patrons were fined for not recording their temperature, their name and not practicing physical distancing," he said.

ACP Noorzainy added that all of them were fined in accordance with Rule 10(8) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

He advised the public to adhere strictly to the SOP to avoid being fined, as well as to help the government flatten the Covid-19 curve.

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