Ever since the government decided to up the fine for violating the movement control order (MCO) from RM1,000 to RM10,000, there's been a big hoo-ha online.
A lot of Malaysians felt that the amount was inappropriate (even our own Law Minister thought so):
While the government is still fine-tuning the guidelines, they've offered a life line for those who've been issued a compound.
Early bird discount
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan told The Star Online
that those who settle their MCO compounds early will get a discount.
Takiyuddin said during a press conference on Wednesday (17 March) that individuals or companies who were fined under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) will only need to pay 50 per cent of the amount if they pay within a week.
“If they pay their compounds within seven days, they can get a 50 per cent discount.
“If they pay their compounds from eight to fourteen days after they were fined, they are eligible for a 25 per cent discount, ” he was quoted as saying.
No discount will be offered after the two weeks period, Takiyuddin said.
On top of that, Takiyuddin announced that first-time offenders will only be fined RM1,500 for minor offences such as not wearing their masks, no physical distancing and not checking in using the MySejahtera app.
Well, we guess the government really needs our money, because The Malaysian Reserve
quoted Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba as saying in another report that ever since the RM10,000 fine was implemented on 11 March, no one has come forward to make the payment.
Not to punish the rakyat
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador told Malay Mail
that as of 12 March, a total of 330 individuals have been with the RM10,000 compound for flouting the MCO rules.
The decision to raise the amount was not to punish the people or enable the government to collect money from the public, IGP Abdul Hamid said, but rather to ensure that Malaysians adhere to the set SOPs.
The new law was aimed at individuals who repeated the same offences under the MCO SOP, he said.
Now you know what to do, guys. Always remember to observe the SOP if you want that RM10,000 to remain in your savings.