KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — The newly enforced RM1,000 fixed compound rate for defiers of the movement control order (MCO) saw 95 people being issued with summons for the said offence.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob made the announcement today, during his daily press briefing on Putrajaya’s enforcement policies.
“I want to announce that beginning yesterday, the Royal Malaysia Police had already enforced the RM1,000 compound action against those who defied the MCO. Up until yesterday, 95 compound notices were issued to those concerned.
“Those found defying the MCO procedure were brought to the police station and given the compound notice of RM1,000,” he said.
Ismail Sabri said that the fine can be paid at all neighbouring district health offices and police stations, with a two-week grace period for the payment to be made.
He said that those who fail to pay up will be brought to court.
Ismail Sabri said that the MCO compliance rate currently stands at 97 per cent.
During the press conference, he announced that officials from the Road Transport Department (RTD) are now also aiding the police at roadblocks nationwide.
“During the meeting today, we have agreed with RTD’s application to help the police in manning roadblocks together, nationwide,” he said.
He added that 769 roadblocks were held nationwide, and checks were done on 433,988 vehicles, with 36,980 spot checks done nationwide and 5,022 premises checked by the authorities.
Ismail Sabri said that the police had also detained 300 people during roadblocks and patrols for violating the MCO.
“This clearly shows that there is a decline with regards to the number of arrests made. Compared to the day before, the detention rate has reduced by 34 per cent,” he added.
Yesterday, Bukit Aman’s Internal Security and Public Order Department (KDNKA) director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said that MCO violations will invite a fixed RM1,000 fine from now on.
Acryl explained that the move was to address concerns that custodial sentences for MCO violations created the risk of exposing the prison population to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Instead of being arrested and charged under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, violators will be taken to police stations or police district headquarters (IPD) and issued compounds.