Punters face fines if they defy RMCO

Babat checking whether a 4D outlet is complying with the standard operating procedure.

SIBU: Police will not hesitate to issue a compound of RM1,000 to 4D punters if they are caught defying the recovery movement control order (RMCO) when buying numbers at 4D outlets.

Sibu district deputy police chief Supt Collin Babat on Saturday told reporters after inspecting 4D outlets that the compound could also be issued to 4D outlet operators under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

He called for full cooperation from punters by constantly observing the SOP for at the outlets.

“This includes ensuring social distancing of at least one meter when buying numbers. They are also require to put on face masks, have their body temperature taken and sanitising their hands. All punters must record their details upon checking-in either through QR code or manually writing down in a registry book,” he said.

Supt Babat said the monitoring team which consist of police, army and Rela would be monitoring all outlets three times a day, in the morning, noon and more so after 5pm.

Meanwhile, Magnum Corporation Sibu branch manager, Philip Tiong advised punters to pre-write their betting number before buying them at the counters.

“We recommend to the people to have their betting numbers ready on a piece of paper before they come instead of writing them here as we don’t want to see people spending quite a long time inside the premises” he advised.

Tiong also advised them to wear face masks.

Also present at the inspection was Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Policing Department chief, DSP Ariffin Bahar.