Twenty fined for carrying passengers beyond stipulated limit

File photo: A policeman checks a motorist at a roadblock in the city.

KUCHING: It’s a price stubborn people have to pay for violation of the movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Twenty persons throughout the state were slapped with compounds for exceeding the passenger limit in vehicles yesterday (June 6).

They were among 70 individuals compounded for violating various SOP conditions.

Bintulu recorded the highest compounds issued with 15, followed by Kuching (11), Miri (10), Sibu and Sarikei (eight each), Lawas (six), Dalat, Kapit and Bau (three each), and Serian, Kota Samarahan and Padawan (one each).

“The violations include exceeding the passenger limit in a vehicle (20); violating time curfew in public (16); gathering in a group of more than two persons (14); failing to wear face masks (nine); opening a premises that is prohibited during MCO (six); failing to scan the MysSejahtera application (one); and travelling between districts without a permit (one).

“This brings the total number of compounds issued since March 18 last year to 7,321,” said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today (June 7).

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing has issued 15 compounds to business operators of premises under the jurisdiction of various local councils.

Bintulu Development Authority recorded the most compounds issued with eight; followed by two each under Serian District Council, Meradong and Julau District Council and Miri City Council; and one under Sarikei District Council.

SDMC added that the businesses violated SOPs such as failing to update the record books (seven); not wearing face masks (two); failing to scan the MySejahtera (two); exceeding the passenger limit in vehicles (two); failing to prepare a thermometer scanner (one); and allowing dine-in (one).

This brings the total number of compounds issued by local authorities since Feb 1 this year to 914.