Hefty compounds for errant bistro operator


KUCHING: A bistro owner who has been compounded twice for operating beyond the allotted time at Jalan Song here, was issued yet another compound amounting to RM10,000 for violating the movement control order (MCO) 3.0.

A standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance monitoring team which carried out an inspection towards the bistro on last Friday, found that the premises was operating without permission and is not included in the essential service list.

District police chief ACP Ahsmon Bajah stated that the operation codenamed ‘Ops Patuh’ at 10.30pm, found nine patrons aged between 19 and 32 inside the premises.

“They were each issued a RM2,000 compound while, the owner was issued a RM10,000 compound.

“Further police checks found that the premises was earlier compounded twice, namely once in August last year and once in March this year.

“The offences were for operating beyond the allotted time during the conditional MCO (CMCO) and failing to practice physical distancing,” he said.

He noted that that the police will propose the revocation of premises business licence to the local council as the premises has continued defying the rules of Act 342.

Since ‘Ops Patuh’ was launched, a total of 11 compound reports have been issued involving two premises and 31 individuals.

Ahsmon pointed out that compounds issued so far during this operations, have amounted to RM64,000.

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