Teen slapped with RM5,000 fine for removing red wristband

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By John Isaac

A 17-year-old teen in Taiping, Perak was slapped with a RM5,000 compound for removing her red Covid-19 quarantine wristband to go to her friend’s house.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Osman Mamat said police detected the 31-second video which had gone viral on social media since yesterday.

“In the video, the girl is believed to have removed her red quarantine wristband without getting permission from the Health Ministry to go outside.

“Investigations revealed that the incident occurred in Kamunting here. Police managed to locate her and a compound has been issued,” he said in a statement today.

The video has been making rounds on social media showing the teen who was also wearing a helmet taking out her red wristband from her handbag. The video was taken by her friend who is also wearing a red wristband.

It is also learnt that the girl had her first swab test on July 31 but the result is still unknown.

The RM5,000 compound was issued under Regulation 17 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2021 for failing to carry out the supervision and observation order at the registered address and removing the wristband.

Osman urged the public to comply with quarantine orders issued by the Health Ministry as going against instructions would only lead to untoward problems and cause uneasiness to others. – The New Straits Times