IGP welcomes heavier fines for MCO violators, warns repeat offenders

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman welcomes the increase in fines for those who breach movement control order (MCO) regulations, says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

The Inspector-General of Police said the decision is timely to ensure better compliance with Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP).

"Repeat offenders are the ones who should fear this.

"The same goes for unrepentant organisers of prohibited social gatherings as well as owners of entertainment premises who brazenly flout the SOP," he said when contacted on Friday (Feb 26).

The IGP said the police are committed in enforcing the law, especially on SOP violators.

"The time for warnings or advice for SOP flouters is over.

"Stricter enforcement is the way forward as we are very serious in the effort to stop the spread of the virus," he said.

Abdul Hamid urged the public to comply with the SOP as the ultimate goal is to curb the chain of infection.

Those who breach MCO may be fined up to RM10,000, according to the e-Federal Gazette.

The Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, which was published on the Federal Gazette website on Thursday (Feb 25), stated that the fine of up to RM10,000 would come into effect on March 11.

Section 25 of the Ordinance reads: “The director-general or any authorised officer, may compound any offence under this Act or any regulations under this Act (a) in the case of a person who is an individual, a sum of money not exceeding ten thousand ringgit.”

Currently, the maximum fine is RM1,000.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had warned of stiffer fines or even jail time for violators.

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