SARAWAK – Since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) has initiated a series of SOPs to better respond to the new normal.
One of them was an RM10,000 fine for failing to wear a face mask, which has triggered a strong outcry among citizens, who said the amount is too high and accused the authorities of targeting destitute individuals.
In Sarawak, a photo of an SOP task force handing an elderly man a face mask instead of slapping him with a compound has made waves on Twitter and earned netizens’ praise.
The kind gesture warmed many hearts online, with one saying that it was “what [was] supposed to be done”.
“(The law enforcement team) should not just simply [issue a] fine. This is the correct way to deal with it.”
The post has since garnered more than 5,000 likes and 3,000 shares on Twitter at the time of writing.
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