Almost every other day, we'll hear stories of how the authorities are handing out fines like credit card promoters handing out brochures:
A recent case, however, has courted controversy on social media.
Violated the MCO SOPs before
On Monday (26 April), a burger seller in Kota Baru, Kelantan was issued with a maximum compound of RM50,000 for failing to adhere to the set standard operating procedures.
reported that the seller, Wan Mohd Faisal Wan Kadir, was fined for keeping his burger stall opened past the regulated time of 10pm.
Kota Baru district police chief ACP Abdul Rahim Daud told the news agency that the 38-year-old man also violated MCO violations by setting up tables for customers and failing to provide a body temperature scanner.
“Due to the offences, we issued the maximum compound of RM50,000. However, he can appeal to the Health Ministry for a reduction,” ACP Abdul Rahim was quoted as saying.
According to ACP Abdul Rahim, Wan Mohd Faisal was slapped with a RM1,000 fine for similar offences before this.
Wan Mohd Faisal told Bernama
that the incident happened at around 11.10pm on Sunday (25 April) when the policemen approached him.
“I have folded the tables but haven’t closed the stall as I was preparing orders for factory workers," he was quoted as saying, adding that he hopes the authorities will reduce the fine amount as he could not afford to pay.
After Wan Mohd Faisal took to Facebook to air his grievances, netizens rally to his side, with many calling out the harsh punishment.
Responding to the controversy, minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan has clarified that the maximum fine for Wan Mohd Faisal's offence should not have been RM50,000.
He told Malay Mail
that business operators exceeding their permissible opening hours is a Category 3 offence, and it carries a maximum fine of RM10,000.
Takiyuddin further explained that although the government used an Emergency Ordinance to raise the penalty rates under the Prevention and Infectious Diseases Control Act, these were still subject to guidelines that were subsequently issued by the government.
“According to the guidelines, the actions of a licensee and the owner of the premise who fails to comply with the operating hours of the premise is a category 3 offence punishable by a maximum compound of RM10,000.00," he was quoted as saying.
He added that Wan Mohd Faisal will get a 50 per cent reduction if he pays the fine within seven days, and a 25 per cent if paid within a period of 14 days.
Now that the directives are clear, we wonder if action will be taken against Neelofa for her breach of SOP?