Cover image via Harian Metro Malay Mail
Moving into the third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO), police will no longer issue compounds to those violating restrictions.
Instead, they will be remanded and taken to court.
Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the move during a live press conference today, 14 April.
“I believe that the rakyat is expecting the police to take more serious actions. It seems like people are not scared of the current laws. Maybe RM1,000 is not a high enough amount to scare those who are still violating the MCO,” he said.
“Therefore, we have decided that starting tomorrow, the police will stop focusing on issuing compounds. Instead, anyone who is stopped by the police will be remanded and taken to court.”
The police have issued compounds to 4,036 people so far
Ismail Sabri explained that in total, 9,090 people have been charged for violating the MCO since it was first enforced.
He also added that yesterday alone, 931 compound notices were issued to individuals nationwide.
Malaysians should be informed of their basic rights when confronted by the police
The Defence Minister emphasised during his speech that under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, offenders who were found guilty can be jailed for up to five years.
According to the Malaysian Bar, if a person is stopped by a uniformed officer, they should note the officer’s name, uniform ID number, and the number plate of their patrol vehicle.
Meanwhile, if an individual is stopped by an officer not in uniform, they should ask for identification. If the officer presents a red police authority card, it means that they have been suspended from the police force and they do not have the authority to apprehend anyone.
Besides that, people are only obliged to provide their name, IC number, and address if stopped by police