Public can appeal RM1,000 fine for not wearing face mask

Ismail Sabri meeting the public while on the campaign trail in Slim River — Bernama pic

By S. Harrish

THE public can appeal for a reduction of the RM1,000 compound issued on those caught not wearing face masks in crowded places.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said therefore, there was no need to amend the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act to reduce the amount, reports Bernama.

“We issue a RM1,000 compound but the people can appeal and the Health Ministry can give a lesser amount. So, I think we don’t have to amend the act because it will need time, whereas the cases are happening and we have to take action now.

“If we are to amend the act, we have to bring it to the Parliament and we can’t make it for this session, we have to wait for the next sitting,” he said in Slim River today.

He was responding to a statement from the Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen who urged the government to review the amount of the RM1,000 compound imposed on those caught not wearing face masks because it was a burden, especially to the B40 group and students.

Dr Yii and Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi had spearheaded a petition for MPs to support the reduction in fines.

In the petition, the group had proposed that first-time offenders be slapped with RM250 fine, while second-time offenders RM500. Those who flout the rule for the third time and beyond should be fined RM1,000 for each offence.

Dr Yii said the proposal had received bipartisan support, with 106 MPs in favour, out of the 222 members from the Dewan Rakyat.