Malaysia COVID-19 Fines Increased To RM10K ~ RM100K!

Malaysia just increased fines for non-compliance with COVID-19 measures to a whopping RM10K to RM100K, and even imprisonment!

Find out what’s changed, and why everyone needs to take COVID-19 precautions seriously!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Fines Increased To RM10K ~ RM100K!

The Malaysian government just introduced amendments that increased fines for non-compliance with COVID-19 measures to a whopping RM10K to RM100K!

  • Individuals who commit an offence : Up to RM 10,000
  • Companies that commit an offence : Up to RM 50,000
  • Possible additional penalties : Up to 50,000 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment
  • Offences, for which no penalty is expressly provided : Up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 7 years imprisonment

In addition, the Act was amended to allow the government to order a person to wear a “tracing device”, also known as a tracking device.

These increased COVID-19 fines and amendments will come into effect on 11 March 2021.

 

Increased Malaysia COVID-19 Fines : The Details

On 25 February 2021, several additions and amendments to the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) Ordinance 2021 were gazetted.

Here is a quick summary of what those new additions and amendments would likely mean.

Order For Wearing Tracing Device (Section 15A)

An individual who is infected or suspected to be infected can be compelled to wear a tracing device, which may be a wristband.

Any person who damages, destroys, loses or tampers with such a tracing device “commits an offence” under the Act.

Offences By Body Corporate (Section 22A)

Individuals managing a company that committed a crime under the Act may be charged severally or jointly” with the company itself.

They may be found guilty of the same offence, unless they can prove that the offence was committed “without [their] knowledge, consent or connivance“, and that they had “taken all reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence” to prevent the commission of the offence.

General Penalty (Section 24)

Any person who commits an offence under this Act, for which there is no expressly provided penalty, may be liable (upon conviction) to a fine of up to RM 100,000 and / or imprisonment of up to 7 years.

Compounding Of Offences (Section 25)

An individual who commits a compoundable offence under this Act may be subject to a fine of up to RM 10,000.

A company that commits a compoundable offence under this Act may be subject to a fine of up to RM 50,000.

Amendment Of Section 31

Regulations made under this Act may prescribe any act in contravention of the regulations to be an offence, and may prescribe penalties of a fine of up to RM 50,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months.

 

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