Individuals and companies that are fined under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Act 342) can now reduce the fee up to 50% if they pay it on time, says Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.
The matter was decided during a cabinet meeting held on Wednesday (17 March). The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (Parliament and Law) said those who settle the fine within a week will only have to pay half of it.
He said if an individual or company made the payment within 14 days, they are eligible to get a 25% reduction. “If they do not make payment after 14 days, they will not get any reduction,” Takiyuddin said.
The minister also said that the government considers the plight of disabled individuals and the poor and if fined, they are encouraged to get more reduction by making an appeal to the Ministry of Health through certain channels.
“In Labuan, they can appeal to three officers, namely the State Director of Health, the Deputy State Director (Public Health) and the Director of Epidemiological Health,” he said.
Takiyuddin also said for West Malaysians, appeals can be made to four officers namely the State Director of Health, the Deputy State Director (Public Health), the District Officer and the Director of Epidemiological Health. “The same goes to Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.