Police ready to compound MCO offenders instead of arrest

Some people being taken to court in Butterworth last week for offences under the movement control order.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are prepared to issue compound fines to those who violate the movement control order (MCO), instead of charging them in court, Bukit Aman CID director Huzir Mohamed said today.

He said compounding the offence would be the best measure to make the public aware of the need to cooperate and break the chain of Covid-19 infections.

“We are ready to implement it and are awaiting an official decision regarding the order.

“However, it will still be up to the police whether to issue compound fines to those committing any kind of violation during the MCO,” he said in a special interview in Bukit Aman today.

He said police would evaluate the violations before deciding whether the offence can be compounded or the accused charged in court.

He denied allegations that compound notices would be issued immediately at roadblocks.

“This is not true. If they are to be issued with a compound fine, we will take them to the police station first,” he said.

A total of 5,126 people have been detained for violating the MCO since it was enforced on March 18, with 2,294 charged in court.