Why we are against the “ridiculous” fines of Law 342


YOUR SAY | “Many are crying out loud because of the special treatment given to certain people.”

Parliament revises law 342 amendments, penalties lowered

Watered-down amendment to Law 342 remains open to abuse, says Harapan

Spider Man: Even watered down, the amendments to the 1988 law on the prevention and control of infectious diseases (Law 342) are too draconian, and it is once again the normal citizen who bears the cost.

Partygoers are individually fined for failing to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs), but the organizer of Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s recent 100-day newsletter event was only fined RM 1,000 .

Why weren’t the Prime Minister, his ministers and those around him fined RM 1,000 each?

Vote4changejohor: Many citizens are crying out loud because of the special treatment given to certain people.

How is the person on the street going to pay the RM50,000 fine anyway? Especially during the current weak economic situation where Malaysia still faces many challenges to improve the livelihoods of many families who have fallen into the B40 trap (40 percent lower).

The penalty should be more realistic and should be less than the 50,000 RM suggested by the Ministry of Health. The amount equates to 18-20 months’ salary for many and is therefore unrealistic.

Failure to pay these RM50,000 will result in jail time, causing further misery to his family. The Prime Minister and the ministers should be more sensitive to the fate of the B40 group.

A little crazy: I agree. They have lived in the Ivory Tower for so long that they do not know the trials of the rakyat.

Stick to the initial fine of RM 1,000 for individuals, but impose a fine of RM 10,000 for businesses. For repeat offenders, or 30 minutes after the first warning, double the fine.

For multiple repeat offenders, impose a maximum fine of 10,000 RM for individuals (as in the case of a white woman trying to enter KLCC’s Dior store without wearing a mask), and 100,000 RM for businesses and a three-month prison sentence.

Please do not impose fines or prison terms without warning officials to abuse their powers and prevent corruption.

The Ministry of Health should, by all means, educate people to observe SOPs, not aim to collect fines to increase the country’s income, or intentionally or unintentionally “enrich” the members of the enforcement team. .

Be more civilized when handing out fines. We now live in a modern world. Gone are the days when the feudal king could cut off the heads of a few hundred poor people, simply because the king had lost chickens and cows.

Dr Raman Letchumanan: Pakatan Harapan negotiates the amendment as in a pasar malam. For a product of 1000 RM, the seller quotes 50,000 RM, then Harapan pleads for 20,000 RM and the seller gladly accepts.

Imagine an ordinary person receiving 20,000 RM. He cannot pay and will be sent to jail. The whole family is ruined – all for not wearing a face mask.

As I keep saying, Harapan is getting more and more ridiculous by the day. They must live in the clouds. They have no idea of ​​the suffering of ordinary people.

YellowRusa5552: Amendments in any form should never be supported by the opposition at all. The revised numbers are still hard on ordinary people.

This Covid-19 pandemic has already destroyed the lives and livelihoods of many people, with many businesses shutting down and job losses.

People are now trying to get back to normal and the last thing they want is “threats” to their hard earned money from the reckless application of this amended law.

RedWolf4463: Well, if Harapan can’t see it, let the audience tell them in plain, plain language. All heavy fines and penalties can be, and will be, abused.

Harsh penalties open the door to corruption as law enforcement officials eagerly wait with their slobbering saliva. Severe penalties will result in the disqualification of your election candidates for the slightest excuse.

If you still can’t figure this out, then you deserve to be rejected.

Demi Rakyat: The penalty of RM50,000 and three years’ imprisonment for the individuals is still far too high. It should be like 5,000 RM and drop the prison sentence.

If Harapan supports this, I can guarantee my family and I will not vote for them again. It doesn’t matter if it’s PKR, Amanah or DAP. We will reject any party that supports the bill. Period.

ManOnTheStreet: What ridiculous and obscene amounts! It is the ordinary people who will be arrested and fined, while those in power and position get away with impunity.

Even reduced by half, the ordinary citizen of the street will not be able to pay. It means jail time for him.

Look at the other laws of our country. None are as draconian and cruel as this one. Dangerous driving and reckless speeding, which are much more obvious killers, don’t get such high fines.

Those who enforce laws like these will be cursed by the suffering rakyat. I am disgusted with the Department of Health for the proposal.

The ministry should ensure the well-being of its front-line people and its patients. We have had one of the highest numbers of deaths per million people in Asia.

Build more hospitals to help the sick instead. Punishment is not part of the Hippocratic Oath.

All things Considered: To all these ministers and politicians, allow me to make the following suggestions:

1. Private individuals: fine of 1,000 RM for the first offense or one week in prison. Increase of RM 1,000 or two weeks in prison for each subsequent offense up to a maximum of RM 10,000 or three months in prison.

2. Businesses: 10,000 RM for the first offense and an additional 10,000 RM for each subsequent offense up to a maximum of 100,000 RM.

This is what a reasonable person or a government will do, not stupidly impose fines that no one can afford and jail terms that can ruin a person’s life and their family for good, all because that he or she was not wearing a mask or standing far enough away from another person.


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