SIBU, Feb 22: Police Task Force Team will only compound people for violating Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) after they had committed the same offence despite numerous advices and warnings.
Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Safety Division (JPJKK) DSP Ariffin Bahar in a Facebook Livestream session today said after giving three to four warnings and if the same persons were still not abiding to the SOP, they would straight away issue a RM1,000 compound.
“The purpose of our enforcement is not to take stern action against the public at first hand. If we find a person not following the SOP, we will advice him first. And if he is still stubborn, we will issue warning follow by a compound,” he said.
The Livestream was chaired by deputy chairman of Sibu Municipal Council, Cr Bujang Abdul Majid. Those participating included Cr Mohammed Abdullah Izkandar Roseley (Kpg Hilir to Kpg Baru), Cr Nazatusyima Bujang (Kpg Sentosa), Cr Ibrahim Laili (Kpg Bahagia), Abdul Taib Rosli (Pengerusi Taman Selera Harmoni), Rogayah Jamain (former SMC deputy chairwoman) and Ust Suharman (Pegawai Agama Islam Bahagian Sibu).
“Sometimes we feel sorry for offenders but we had to issue the compound as they refused to take our advice and warning seriously by doing the same offence,” he said.
As an example, he said during the MCO period from Jan 16 to Feb 14 in Sibu district, there were still people who stayed out after the prohibited hours at 10pm.
“Some of the violators are educated people. They knew it but they were purposely against the SOP,” he said.
Ariffin said they had to act tough as they did not want the Pasai Cluster outbreak to happen to other areas in the town.
‘We don’t want another outbreak similar to Pasai Cluster so we will continue to educate the people and advise them to follow the SOP,” he said.
He revealed that from Jan 16 to Feb 14 during the MCO period, a total of 51 people had been fined RM1,000 each for defying the MCO. — DayakDaily