IPOH: The state Health Department will open investigation papers into an appeal to further reduce the fines issued to the six matriculation students for breaching Covid-19 SOPs, says Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming (pic).
She said upon further investigation, the case on the appeal would then be forwarded to the management of the Health Ministry for consideration.
“A meeting with the college’s management and the students involved was also held on Tuesday (April 20) at the district health office.
“The students were present to submit their appeals to reduce the compounds, which was granted to them, according to procedure.
“However the college’s management requested for further reduction with the reason being that the students are from a lower income group, and they cannot afford to pay the fines, ” she said in a statement issued on Wednesday (April 21).
Dr Ding said the college’s management in Gopeng has also been warned for not ensuring the compliance of the SOP within the premises.
She said officers who issued the fines found that the students were not wearing face masks at all, wearing the masks improperly, and not adhering to physical distancing.
A photograph of the said incident went viral on Twitter on Monday (April 19) where several state Health Department officers were seen issuing RM1,500 fines to the students for violating Covid-19 SOP.
The tweet by @NabilAmirul4 has been retweeted over 30,000 times and has irked many users on the social media platform.
State Health committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin had on Tuesday said that an appeal is being made to lower the fines slapped on the students.
He also said that his office is assisting the students to have the fines reduced, and would even pay on their behalf.