KUALA LUMPUR – Individuals who defy the Movement Control Order (MCO) during Op Covid-19 Operation roadblock or any other areas will be slapped with a RM1,000 compound effective of today.
Security and Public Order Department (KDNKA) Director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said, the MCO offenders will be given 14 days to pay their compounds. If they fail to do so, they will be charged at the court.
The offenders will be remanded and brought to the court before they are fined or jailed for four months as provided by Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988).
“We have received the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on how to implement the compound on MCO offenders and it will be used on those who defy MCO until 14 April.
“They will be brought to the IPD office and be issued the RM1,000 compound and they need to pay them. No plea will be accepted. Do not hope that it is like the compounds we give earlier, discounted with plea.
“If the MCO offenders do not pay, it means that we can make an application for a trial at court,” he said during a news conference at Bukit Aman today.
According to him, the method can reduce congestion in the prisons as urged by Chief Justice, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat for the police and court to take into consideration of the issue when they sentence a punishment.
The situation happened after the Prisons Department requested the court not to sentence the offenders to jail as congestion in the prison would make social distancing difficult for them.
Acryl Sani also instructed the public not to leave their homes unnecessarily and those who flout the order could be imprisoned for up to six months or fined RM1,000 or both.
However, he said that the offenders could also be charged for obstructing civil servants from carrying out their duties which carries a jail term of up to two years or fined RM10,000 or both.
When asked about the punishment for individuals who were arrested for defying MCO before this, he said that the same compound rate will be imposed on them without compromise.
Elaborating on the crime rate throughout the implementation of MCO since 18 March until yesterday, he said, there was a drop of 67 percent on the crime rate.
“In average, there was 350 daily crime cases index and now, it has dropped to an average of 116. We will continue to heighten the MCO patrols, snap inspections at residential areas to ensure that the public comply with MCO.
“The crime rate dropped as the houses are resided by people. Besides that, we have set-up over 700 MCO roadblocks to stop people from going out. Thus, it stopped the intention and chances for people to go out and commit crime as information can be made viral fast and fast actions can be taken.
“However, based on the patrol, we still find individuals jogging and we arrested them and ordered all residents who are not involved in essential services to stay at home. They don’t need to move around without reasons,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette