Update SOPs regularly

Datuk Dr John Lau

KUCHING: Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) has reminded the community to continue to continue observing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the fight against Covid-19.

Its chairman Datuk Dr John Lau Pang Heng said it is still a concern that as of March 13, 50 people in Sarawak were issued with the maximum RM10,000 compound notice for violating the SOPs.

“The fine imposed by the federal government shows that the government is very serious about breaking the chain of transmission,” he said on Sunday (March 14).

On the RM10,000 fine, Lau said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador on Feb 26 mentioned that the RM10,000 fine is for individuals who repeated the same offences under the SOPs, including interstate travel.

“Abdul Hamid also explained that the government’s decision to increase the compound from RM1,000 to RM10,000 was not for all offenses related to violations of the SOPs.

“SPA has received many phone calls from Sarawakians who are unsure of which SOP to follow as they do not have the latest updates.

“We, therefore, call upon the government to make sure the SOPs can be announced through the media. 

“SPA believes an informed person will not violate any SOPs,” he said.

He said that to assist those who have been compounded, SPA has formed a legal team to help appeal to reduce the fine.

“The legal team is led by our secretary, David Hii Chin Loung. He can be contacted through WhatsApp or SMS at 010-7996119, or contact me at 010-3268333. We are willing to assist,” he said.