The Health Ministry has proposed to increase the compound for those who flout the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place to combat COVID-19, from the current RM1,000 to RM10,000.

According to Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the revised figure has been submitted to the Parliament and it would take some time for it to be approved.

He said that the current RM1,000 fine under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) was drafted in 1988, and it was a reasonable amount then, but needs to be reviewed now.

"We hope it can be pushed up to RM10,000. It is up to the Dewan Rakyat to decide," Noor Hisham reportedly said at a dialogue titled "COVID-19: Malaysia's Journey Towards Flattening the Curve," in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, according to the New Straits Times.

In his speech, Noor Hisham also disagreed with a recent motion tabled in Parliament that proposed the current RM1,000 fine to be reduced to RM250, saying it is a compoundable offence.

The government has made it compulsory to wear face masks in crowded public places, beginning Aug 1.

Those who fail to so are slapped with the RM1,000 fine.

The mandatory face mask ruling was enforced following the spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, in July.

As of yesterday, there have been 9,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, and 125 deaths.

Globally, the disease has infected and killed more than 24 million people, and over 823,000, respectively.

Source: NST
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