The Malaysian government just updated the Act 342 offences, fines and discounts, including changes in COVID-19 fines!
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Act 342 COVID-19 Offences : Categories + Fines!
On 17 March 2021, the Malaysian government announced that the COVID-19 SOP fine would be divided into 3 categories.
They promised a full list of offences and their fines would be released soon, but there has been no sight of this list so far.
Instead, they gave some general indications, with some updates recently, including changes in COVID-19 fines.
We listed the three categories and a few examples below. The full list will be revealed later by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN).
Category One : High
Any offence with high transmission risk of the virus, with a wide-scale impact on the community.
Examples of Category One offences and their fines :
- Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 25,000
- Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000
- Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000
- Infected person (or suspected of being infected) refusing to obey instructions : RM 5,000
- Refusing to obey instructions by an official empowered by Section 11(3) of Act 342 : RM 5,000
- Interstate travel without police permission : RM 5,000
- Private doctor who fails to report a COVID-19 positive case to the Health Ministry : RM 5,000
Category Two : Medium
Any offence with high transmission risk of the virus, but without a wide-scale impact on the community.
Examples of Category Two offences and their fines :
- Companies refusing to listen to, or give information concerning the prevention of disease : RM 20,000
- Companies organising mass gatherings without physical distancing : RM 20,000
- Individuals refusing to listen to, or give information concerning the prevention of disease : RM 3,000 to RM 4,000
- Refusing to obey instructions by authorised officials regarding Enhanced MCO (EMCO) : RM 3,000 to RM 4,000
- Entering an Enhanced MCO (EMCO) area without permission : RM 3,000 to RM 4,000
- Individuals participating in mass gatherings without physical distancing : RM 3,000 to RM 4,000
Category Three : Low
Any offence with low transmission risk of the virus, and without a wide-scale impact on the community.
Examples of Category Three offences and their fines :
- Companies operating beyond permitted hours : RM 10,000
- Companies not providing hand sanitisers for customer use : RM 10,000
- Failure to wear face mask in public : RM 1,500 to RM 2,000
- Failure to maintain physical distance : RM 1,500 to RM 2,000
- Failure to log in using MySejahtera or manual log book before entering premise : RM 1,500 to RM 2,000
Act 342 COVID-19 Fines : Ask For A Discount!
The Malaysian government is offering these discounts on the COVID-19 fines issued under Act 342 :
- Pay within 7 days : 50% discount
- Pay within 8 to 14 days : 25% discount
These discounts are only for first-time offences. Repeat offenders will not be given discounts.
Those who find it impossible to pay their fines, even after discount, can appeal to the Malaysia Health Ministry “through several channels”.
Act 342 COVID-19 Fines : Official FAQ
Here is the latest FAQ (released on 22 March 2021) regarding Act 342 COVID-19 offences and their fines.
1. What Does The Compound Mean?
A compound is one of the early criminal proceedings, in which a fine can be paid without facing prosecution in court.
Section 25 of Act 342 provides the authority to issue a written compound for any compoundable offence under the Act or related rules.
2. Can The Compound Be Reduced?
The compound can be reduced if paid within the stipulated time, which is not more than 14 days from the date the compound was issued.
3. Where And How Must The Compound Be Paid / Reduced?
The compound can be paid and a discount requested at the nearest District Health Office, Sabah District Health Office, and Sarawak District Health Office.
4. What Is The Implication Of Not Paying The Compound?
If the compound is not paid, the individual or corporation will be prosecuted in court for the offence.
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