Individuals defying Movement Control Order could face jail time, fine

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KUCHING, March 17: The Ministry of Health (MOH) urges the public to comply with the Movement Control Order which is in force from March 18-31.

The government announced the drastic measures last night as a move to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak by implementing the Movement Control Order, pursuant to the provisions of Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) and the Police Act 1967 (Act 344) to prevent more people from being infected.

Failure to comply with any of these orders could be punishable under Section 24 Act 342, if found guilty and punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or fine, or both (first offense); punishable by not less than five years jail or fined, or both (second and subsequent offense) and a fine not exceeding RM200 per day if the offense continues.

The ministry also urged the public to be responsible by carrying out their respective roles to assist the Malaysian government in curbing the spread of Covid-19 by practising optimal hygiene at all times, such as washing their hands frequently with water and soap or hand sanitizer, always practising good coughing etiquette by covering mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing, and washing their hands immediately.

Those who are unwell must seek immediate treatment especially if they have symptoms of respiratory infections such as fever, cough, cold and/or sore throat. — DayakDaily