Arrest and court for MCO violators from tomorrow

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By Chew Lip Song

THOSE who flout the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be remanded and charged in court starting tomorrow as the government steps up deterrence measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the police would be focussing less on issuing compound notices , the Malay Mail reported.

He added that the decision today was due to the high number of people who still defied the MCO.

“We see that the rakyat are acting as if they don’t care or are not afraid of the laws we have today. Maybe RM1,000 is not seen as too high to scare them, those of whom are still continuously violating the MCO.

“So we agreed that the police, beginning tomorrow, won’t focus on compounds. Beginning tomorrow, those who are caught will be remanded and brought straight to court.

“Let the court decide, because based on Section 24 of Act 342, the court can punish them not more than two years imprisonment and for a subsequent offence, five years imprisonment,” Ismail Sabri said.

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