THE government will introduce heavier penalties for those who violate the Covid-19 SOP from March 11. Currently, the fine is RM1,000; it will be increased to a maximum of RM10,000 for individuals, and RM50,000 for companies.
Health Ministry statistics tell us that the vast majority of Covid-19 case clusters are linked to workplaces.
Two sectors in particular – construction and manufacturing – contribute the lion’s share of cases.
Yet these sectors have been allowed to continue operating since the start of movement control order 2.0. Instead of focusing on matters like inter-district travel, number of passengers per vehicle, or number of people per restaurant table, the government should focus on managing infection rates in these sectors.
We are not fighting the pandemic where it matters. Introducing heavier fines will do little to stop the virus.
CHEW KHENG SIONG