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Why only RM3,000? Khairy says RM10,000 fine was revised after public grouses

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KUALA LUMPUR – Just last week, two video of a ‘Karen’ flouting SOPs and arguing with staff while attempting to enter Suria KLCC and Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) without a face mask has blown up online, with Malaysians condemning her and calling upon authorities to take stern action.

Since then, local authorities have summoned the woman and issued her a RM3,000 compound for failing to wear a mask and checking in with the MySejahtera app at KLCC.

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Despite the punishment, many were unhappy and questioned why the woman was given a slap on the wrists without having to face jail time or the RM10,000 compound.

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The matter was also brought up by Muar MP Syed Syaddiq, who accused the Ministry of Health (MOH) of practising double standards.

Image via: Twitter/SyedSyaddiq

Khairy’s response

The commotion has since led Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to address the issue on Twitter.

In the tweet. Khairy said the reason why the woman was fined RM1,500 per offense instead of RM10,000 was because the guidelines were revised prior to the incident.

There has been much concern about the compound given to an expatriate recently. Comparisons have been made to earlier compounds at a higher amount. Following complaints earlier this year of compound amounts being too high, new guidelines were introduced.”

“In the case of the man who was given the RM10k compound for wearing his mask at the chin, he had committed the offense before the new guidelines were in place,” he said.

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Khairy stressed that the new guidelines were introduced after a public outcry over the amount.

“This guideline was issued after the public felt the compound amount was unreasonable and too high. I wish to remind also, after the Emergency Ordinance is annulled, this compound amount will return to maximum RM1,000 for individuals and organisations.”

Do you think this explanation cuts it or not? Let us know in the comments!


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