SOP violators violation A RELA member controlling the crowd to ensure physical distancing at ST Rosyam Mart, Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0). PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalayiaGazette / 05 FEBRUARY 2021. SOP standard operating procedures fine RM10,000
A RELA member controlling the crowd to ensure physical distancing at ST Rosyam Mart, Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0).PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalayiaGazette / 05 FEBRUARY 2021.

KUALA LUMPUR – Individuals who violate the standard operating procedures (SOP) stipulated for the prevention and control of Covid-19 can be fined up to RM10,000 beginning 11 March 2021.

The new ruling is based on the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 through a federal government gazette uploaded in the Official Portal of the Attorney-General’s Chamber (AGC).

It also states that companies that violate the SOP can be fined up to RM50,000 beginning 11 March.

The government has gazetted the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 which was promulgated as a proactive measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.

The 18-provision ordinance which started to take effect on 11 January was gazette on 14 January after it received was enacted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

The ordinance, among others, states that an independent special committee will be established to advise the King on the continuing existence of the grave emergency threatening the security, economic life and public order of the federation arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

It also includes amendments to general penalties under Section 24, stating that any person who commits an offence under the Act ‘for which no penalty is expressly provided’, may be fined up to RM100,000 or imprisoned for a maximum of seven years.

In addition, it also states that the authority may order Covid-19 patients or close contacts to wear tracking devices such as wristbands or any other device provided by an authorised officer.

‘Any person who destroys, damages, removes or alters the tracking device is committing an offence,” it said.

Besides that, representatives of companies that violate the SOPs can also be charged in court, it stated. -BERNAMA