An individual was issued with a RM10,000 compound for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Thursday, 11 March
He was issued the hefty compound under the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 that came into force yesterday itself.
According to Cheras district police chief ACP Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon, the individual was issued with the RM10,000 compound for violating SOPs.
In a statement today, 12 March, ACP Mohamed Mokhsein said the person did not register his details at a restaurant he visited in Bukit Jalil
He said that a compliance operation task force carried out an inspection at the restaurant at 6.55pm and found the individual did not scan the MySejahtera app or use the register book to provide his details.
"The task force has issued a compound on an individual for not scanning the MySejahtera app or registering his details manually on the registration book prepared. A compound of RM10,000 was issued on those who violated the SOP in accordance with the Emergency Ordinance," the Cheras police chief added.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador yesterday assured that they will only enforce the RM10,000 fine on repeat, stubborn offenders and not use it as a blanket penalty
According to Abdul Hamid, the decision to increase the value of the compound to RM10,000 was not to punish the public excessively or allow the government to collect money from them.
"But it's simply to make people aware that the virus is still everywhere, in case we forget. If MCO imposed since a month ago is not complied with, the situation can change (from better) to worse at any time," he said.
He explained that all fines related to SOP breaches issued will show an amount of RM10,000 on the summons, as this is part of the police's duty to note the maximum compound offered for such offences.
"Ultimately, the person issued with the fine will then have two weeks to settle it, where the final amount will be decided by the district health officer at their respective district health offices," he told a press conference.
"So it is not a case of you automatically being required to pay RM10,000 once you receive the fine. These amounts are ultimately at the district health officer's discretion. The police are not out to punish anyone, or issue fines and collect money on behalf of the government. We are just the messengers who enforce the law and issue the fine."