Companies To Face Hefty Fines Up to RM1 Million For COVID SOPs Violation

Companies To Face Hefty Fines For COVID SOPs Violation
Source – The Edge Markets

Companies and organisations that violate the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) face a hefty RM1million penalty.


Companies To Face Hefty Fines Up to RM1 Million For COVID SOPs Violation

A proposed amendment to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 is enacted in Parliament. Companies and organisations that violate the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) face a hefty RM1million penalty. 

We need to pass the amendments as soon as possible to allow for continuity in regulations under the Emergency Ordinance that were revoked.

We are still at war against Covid-19 and still moving towards the endemic phase while facing new threats of emerging variants such as Omicron,” he said.

He went on to say that as the Emergency Ordinances were revoked, health officials were obliged to depend on the current 32-year-old legislation, which did not account for advances in the use of technology to battle the epidemic.

After Dec 8, the maximum fine that could be imposed on individuals or companies was only RM1,000 and this had become an issue recently,” he said.

Parliament and Dewan Negara abolished the Emergency Ordinances on October 25 and December 8.

source - malaysiakini

Dr Noor Hisham said that if the legislation is delayed, it will disrupt the battle against the pandemic.

If it is not passed during this meeting, the latest we will be able to pass it is when Parliament meets again in three to six months’ time.

Our effort to combat the pandemic will be disrupted if we don’t amend and improve the law,” he said.

He hoped the MPs would agree to the amendments and pass them during Thursday’s sitting.

Dr Noor Hisham said the amendments would also allow the authorities to make the necessary plans ahead of time if there was a spike in Covid-19 cases in the future.

He said the amendments were to increase compounds against organisations, bodies or companies to RM1million and RM10,000 on individuals.

A RM1,000 compound for a company that rakes in millions in profit is a paltry sum and will have no effect.

That is why we are proposing to increase the compounds against companies,” he stated.

He said that the measure was required since statistics indicated that most clusters and repeat offenders were from businesses and the manufacturing sector.

Once the revisions are completed, the exact details of how the new rules will be implemented will be specified.

Source – The Star

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