Saturday, October 23

Minister: Government to spell out offences for RM10,000 compound

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KANGAR: The government would spell out the offences subject to the RM10,000 compound under the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, to clear any confusion on its implementation, said Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.

He said this matter would be discussed at the Covid-19 Emergency Management Technical Committee meeting today.

“We will maintain the ordinance on RM10,000 compound for individuals, and RM50,000 for companies, but the government will resolve the issue of its implementation, including on the issuance of summonses to violators,” he said yesterday.

Takiyuddin (front, left) and Azlan  pose for the camera during the former’s visit to Perlis State Legislative Assembly Complex in Kangar. — Bernama photo

He was speaking to reporters after attending a working visit programme for the Joint Chairmen of the Covid-19 Emergency Management Technical Committee to Perlis here yesterday.

Also present were Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man.

Takiyuddin said if it (offences) involved minor violations such as not wearing a face mask, it would not be appropriate to issue the offender the RM10,000 compound.

“The law needs to be firm but at the same time, we need to exercise discretion to strike a balance,” he added.

He stressed that the main aim of issuing compound notices was not to punish, but to educate people and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country. — Bernama