By John Isaac
DETAILS regarding the RM10,000 compound for violating the movement control order (MCO) will be announced soon, according to senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said a technical meeting was held between de facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan and the health ministry regarding the issue.
“The decision may be presented today at the Cabinet meeting or the National Security Council special meeting.
When we have made a decision, we will make an announcement,” he said at a press conference on the MCO updates as reported by FMT.
On Monday, Takiyuddin was reported to have said the government would discuss in detail the list of offences and maximum compounds at the Covid-19 emergency management committee meeting.
The matter was raised after much confusion among Malaysians regarding the compound imposed because some have said that every offence under the MCO will result in a RM10,000 compound.
Ismail reiterated that the compound amount was based on the violation category.
“For instance, if the individual is from a low-income group and has many children, he can appeal and based on the district health officer’s discretion, the compound can be reduced or waived.
“We agreed to let the health ministry determine the details of the offences and the amount of the compound. For example, frequenting a nightclub, the compound imposed is RM10,000 and for the offence of not wearing a face mask, how much would the maximum compound be,” he said.
He also explained that police and local authorities only had the power to issue the compounds while the health ministry has the authority to reduce or accept compound payments.
He said the RM10,000 compound was contained in the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, where those violating the Covid-19 standard operating procedure could be fined RM10,000 for an individual and RM50,000 for a company or corporation.