PUTRAJAYA: The Kota Baru burger seller who was slapped with an RM50,000 compound has been asked to come forward and lodge an appeal with the Health Ministry.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the Ministry is concerned about the burger seller’s plight and added that it would consider providing a discount or an exemption to the fine.
“The ministry is very concerned and we take this case seriously, as it has received plenty of attention from the public. We view this as a special case and it needs to be addressed immediately," said Dr Adham.
“So we are asking the trader to submit an appeal against the compound as soon as possible. The ministry will re-evaluate the case, and if there is a reasonable basis, we can consider giving a reduction or an exemption, ” he added in a statement.
Wan Mohd Faisal Wan Kadir recently made the news after he was issued a compound notice for RM50,000 for operating his burger stall beyond the permissible opening hours in the state.
The news was highly condemned by many due to the excessive amount of the compound.
“The purpose of the ministry in enforcing the law and issuing fines is to educate, and not just merely to punish.
“We want the public to cooperate with us in curbing the spread of Covid-19 by protecting themselves, their families and the community.
“However, those who receive compounds for offences are always given an opportunity to defend themselves, so they are allowed to file an appeal in accordance to available procedures, ” said Dr Adham.