Lee Lam Thye: Enforcement of SOP must be done with integrity

MELAKA: The enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOP) relating to the movement control order must be done with full integrity, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).

Speaking as the Alliance of Safe Community chairman, Lee said the statement by Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali that police will not be selective when issuing compounds is timely and has struck the right chord.

"It's not only the police; a fair and non-discriminative approach should be also upheld by every enforcement authority responsible for ensuring the smooth implementation of Covid-19 SOP," he said when interviewed here on Tuesday (Jan 26).

Lee said enforcement officers should also execute their duties in a friendlier manner especially when issuing compounds relating to Covid-19 SOP and MCO violations without antagonising the offenders.

"No one would be happy getting compounded but enforcement officers should employ gentle ways to justify the issuances of fines," he said, adding that being temperamental and unfriendly when issuing compounds does not reflect the appropriate Malaysian culture.

Lee said selective and unjust enforcement during the MCO were among the grouses made by the public.

"Hence, the statement of Melaka's top cop was heartily welcomed," he said.

DCP Abdul Majid on Monday (Jan 25) told The Star that police would be fair and not practise “selective enforcement”.

“We will not base our action on the person’s position, political connection or race, ” he said.

On Sunday (Jan 24), police issued compound notices under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act to 17 individuals including civil servants.

The police acted on public complaints about gathering at Sungai Udang forest reserve recreational park which was disallowed during the MCO period.

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