The fine for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) standard operating procedures has been increased from RM1,000 to RM10,000 effective today, said Inspector-General of Police Tam Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
The increase of the compound is part of the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 which came into effect today.
He said anyone who has been issued the RM10,000 compound fine can appeal and the fine may be lowered. He explained that the decision to increase the penalty isn’t to punish the public excessively, but to remind them that the virus is still out there.
Abdul Hamid also said police recommend that heftier fines should be given to repeated offenders and those who cause the spread of the virus while those with lesser offences have their fines reduced.
“The heavier fines are for those who are stubborn by committing offences repeatedly as well as those who violate SOPs, including (unauthorised) interstate travel, causing the spread of Covid-19,” he said at a press conference.
He also made it clear that police are involved in enforcing the SOPs, not collecting the fines while District Health Officers have the power to determine the compound value according to the situation and offences.
Commenting on VIPs and politicians breaking SOPs, Abdul Hamid said politicians must follow the rules when fulfilling political activities and that strict actions will be taken against them if they violate the MCO SOPs.