Covid-19: Harsher penalties against those who violate SOP, says PM


PETALING JAYA: The government will make amendments to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 to impose harsher penalties against anyone found violating standard operating procedure (SOP) to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Emergency Management Technical Committee has scrutinised provisions to the law to allow stricter and swifter enforcement of the SOP.

"It is crucial to follow SOP at workplaces, workers' quarters, business premises and factories to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.

"Enforcement must be enhanced to ensure adherence to SOP," he said in a special address on Thursday (Feb 4).

Under the amended law, businesses found violating SOP will be immediately ordered to close.

Legal action will also be taken against business owners, franchise holders and operators as well as other stakeholders.

He said those who repeatedly break SOP will also be facing higher fines and jail time.

Civil servants, including department heads will also face disciplinary action if they violate the Work From Home (WFH) policy.

Amendments were also made to the Workers' Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 that will also require employers to prepare more conducive accommodation for their workers.

"They will be required to offer accommodations that meet standards, bear all accommodation, moving and screening costs for their workers, monitor their foreign labour at the workplace and at their living quarters as well as ensure that agents prepare accommodation that meet public health standards and requirements," he said.

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