Beginning 11 March, individuals who violate the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic can be fined up to RM10,000 – instead of the current RM1,000 fine. Meanwhile, companies who violate the SOPs can be fined up to RM50,000.
The increases to the compounding amounts are brought about by the new Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, which also makes several other changes to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
This includes an amendment on the general penalty under Section 21 of the Infectious Diseases Act, which now states that any person who commits an offence “for which no penalty is expressly provided” can be fined up to RM100,000 or imprisoned for up to 7 years, or both.
Besides that, another amendment states that if a company is found to be in violation of the pandemic rules, the company’s representative can be charged in court. The ordinance also gives reference to the wearing of tracing devices for Covid-19, where a person who loses or tampers with their tracing device will be committing an offence.
You can read the new ordinance as published on the Federal Gazette website here.
(Source: Free Malaysia Today)