RM1.6mil in fines over health regulation violations

PUTRAJAYA: Fines totalling RM1.6mil were issued in May to individuals who breached rules about smoking in public places while one person was jailed for breaking laws meant to curb the spread of Aedes mosquitoes which cause dengue.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan said for the smoking offences, 6,605 compound notices and 16,355 violation notices were issued from inspections of 29,098 premises under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004.

On the enforcement of the Destruction of Disease-Bearing Insects Act (APSPP) 1975 aimed at preventing and controlling dengue fever, Dr Muhammad Radzi said 2,778 fines worth RM1.4mil were issued, with an average fine of RM500 each.

“A total of 551 cases have been registered for court action, and 71 cases have resulted in convictions with fines amounting to RM151,600. One case resulted in a 10-day imprisonment for failure to pay the fine,” he said in a statement yesterday, Bernama reported.

Dr Muhammad Radzi added that 225 eateries were ordered to close last month after the department inspected 8,587 premises under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983.

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