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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Raise RM1,000 fine on MCO offenders, says IGP


The IGP, Abdul Hamid Bador, says he has told police to issue summonses and not to let anyone off with a warning. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Police believe it is time to raise the current compound fine of RM1,000 imposed on offenders flouting movement control order rules, in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Abdul Hamid Bador, said thousands of summonses were being issued by the police every week to people who violated Covid-19 protocols. Most of the summonses were to those not adhering to rules on physical distancing.

To make matters worse, he said, there were some who even made interdistrict and interstate trips without valid reasons.

“If the RM1,000 compound is considered small, then those who are stubborn will surely pay the price when the move to raise the compound fine is gazetted. The time has come for the compound fine to be increased,” he said today.

He said he had instructed his personnel to issue summonses to offenders by not giving them leeway to be let off with a warning.

Hamid said that since police began to enforce the latest MCO, a total of 474 police personnel had tested positive for Covid-19 while 1,628 others had undergone quarantine.

“It is very sad indeed when our infected frontliners have to be treated by another group of frontliners at hospitals,” he said.

There has been a surge in Covid-19 cases nationwide, with the number of daily cases nearing the 6,000 mark after 5,725 cases were reported yesterday and 5,728 today. - FMT

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