Ministry issues 72 compounds worth RM299,000
By:News Desk
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KUCHING: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sarawak has so far issued a total of 72 compounds under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), with a total compound value of RM299,000.

In a statement on Tuesday (July 6), KPDNHEP Sarawak director Datuk Stanley Tan said   36,020 business premises were inspected.

Of the 72 cases, he said 12 involved KPDNHEP Sarawak while the other cases were as follows: KPDNHEP Sibu (22), KPDNHEP Miri (15), KPDNHEP Limbang (5), KPDNHEP Bintulu (3), KPDNHEP Sri Aman (3), KPDNHEP Sarikei (3), KPDNHEP Kapit (1), KPDNHEP Mukah (7) and KPDNHEP Betong (1).

He explained that enforcement officers and assistant enforcement officers from the ministry were given the responsibility of enforcing the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) through an appointment letter issued on May 8.

He said during the inspection of premises by the ministry staff during this movement control order (MCO) 3.0 period as per the instructions issued, officers authorised under Act 342 were also responsible to ensure that operating business premises implemented certain measures.

These measures relate to customer management, health screening, the use of hand sanitiser and face masks, physical distancing, the operation of only the businesses listed as essential services, and providing a book for listing customers’ names if there are no online facilities to download MySejahtera.

“Offences committed are subject to a compound of RM1,500 for individuals and RM10,000 for corporations or companies,” said Tan.

He said users could channel complaints to the ministry through the portal, call centre 1800 886 800, e-mail, Ez ADU smartphone application, Enforcement Command Centre (ECC) at 03-8882 6245 / 6088, Malaysia Government Call Centre (MYGCC) at 03-8000 8000, or Whatsapp at 019-2794317.

“Users can also submit complaints to the ministry by reporting to any KPDNHEP offices throughout the country,” he said.

He said the KPDNHEP Sarawak ECC operations room was open from 8am to 8pm daily (state KPDNHEP only) and could be contacted to channel complaints through the following lines: PPDNHEP Kuching (082-466052), PPDNHEP Sri Aman (083-323836), PPDNHEP Sarikei (084-657751), PPDNHEP Sibu (084-335622), PPDNHEP Kapit (084-799678), PPDNHEP Bintulu (086-332176), PPDNHEP Miri (085-412862), PPDNHEP Limbang (085-217414), PPDNHEP Mukah (084-872726), and PPDNHEP Lawas (085-283650).

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