The Borneo Post (Sabah)

RM10,000 fine for breaching MCO too heavy – Lee


KUALA LUMPUR: The sharp rise in the penalties from RM1,000 to RM10,000 for violating Movement Control Order’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) as proposed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) is deemed too heavy, not equitable and does not fit the crime, said Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said since the instance and effect of not following SOPs had increased drasticall­y over the past year, it makes sense to increase the fine of RM1,000 which is stipulated by Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

“But to increase the fine from RM1,000 to RM10,000, as proposed by the Ministry of Health, is too hefty and excessive... that’s a 900 per cent increase. All right-thinking people will agree with the maxim that punishment must always fit the crime... the severity of a crime should determine its punishment, where if the severity increases, so must the prescribed punishment,” he said in a statement yesterday.

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