Tougher actions on those who violate MCO beginning Thursday

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Senior Minister (Defence), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a roadblock at the Sentul and Gombak Toll Plaza and handing over food contributions in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette /1 FEBRUARY 2021.
Senior Minister (Defence), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a roadblock at the Sentul and Gombak Toll Plaza and handing over food contributions in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette /1 FEBRUARY 2021.

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – Individuals who violate the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the Movement Control Order (MCO) will face harsher actions from the police beginning this Thursday.

Senior Minister (Defence), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that perhaps, the offenders may face higher compounds. However, the matter is still under discussion.

“IGP mentioned that compounds will be increased and if they are charged at court, a harsher punishment will be implemented.

“I would like to inform you that beginning 4 February, strict actions will be taken without compromise on individuals who violate SOP as we see that the cases are getting higher, although we know that many of these cases involve foreign workers at factories and construction sites.

“On the punishment, perhaps, the IGP will announce that himself as it involves the Emergency Ordinance. Besides that, the current Act (compound) of RM1,000 is too low,” he said after monitoring the MCO roadblock at the Gombak North-Bound Toll today.

He also handed food contributions to the police and military on duty.

According to Ismail Sabri, the RM1,000 compound issued against those who violate MCO is too low and efforts in increasing the amount would require an amendment on the Emergency Ordinance and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342). –MalaysiaGazette

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