MORE than 1,000 individuals have been fined RM10,000 since the enforcement of the Emergency Ordinance 2021 on March 11 but none have appealed for a lower compound amount, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
He told reporters today that the offenders could make an appeal to the state health director or deputy director for a lower amount based on the offences that have been committed.
“So far, no one has appealed. When an appeal is made, a (new) compound will be issued based on the type and the date the offence was committed,” he said.
Elaborating on the appeal process, Dr Adham said an investigation paper would be opened by the health inspector to assess the type of offence committed by the offender and the amount of compound that would be re-imposed.
He said investigation papers would be opened for four categories of offenders namely Persons with Disabilities, the B40 group, students and those who could not afford to pay the compound, adding that individuals from the B40 segment would be required to submit proofs to enable them to appeal for a lower compound.
Dr Adham said the strict enforcement of the regulation and the increase in the amount of the compound was not intended to punish, but rather as a preventive measure to break the chain of the COVID-19 transmission as well as to encourage the public to always follow the standard operating procedures set by the government.
“Individuals who have been given (a lower) compound should immediately pay the compound to be eligible for the reduction,” he added. – Bernama