JOHOR BARU: Two men have been issued notices by the authorities for littering in the city centre here after they were caught in the act.
“The enforcement team found the men littering and issued them notices for an investigation to be conducted.
“They could be charged in court under Section 71(1) of the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007, which carries a fine of RM10,000 to RM100,000 or minimum jail term of six months to five years, or both if convicted,” he said, adding that the authorities would wait for permission from the Public Prosecutor's Office.
Mohd Jafni added that the government will not compromise on cleanliness and urged the public to adhere to the law.
“The laws have always been there to curb littering and we had previously taken a softer approach, but no longer.
“Do not be upset if you receive summonses or notices. You are being watched.
On Sunday, Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said anyone found littering in public places would face a RM500 fine, part of the state government's initiative to beef up enforcement of environmental cleanliness under the Johor Bersih initiative.
He said the state government and all 16 local councils in Johor had discussed this matter, and it was time for serious action against those who disregard the rules.
"We can issue a maximum fine of RM500 to those caught littering, under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
“Although the state government introduced the Johor Bersih initiative last year, the level of awareness among the public is still low,” he added.