A few weeks ago, the government announced that the fine for flaunting MCO SOP has been increased to RM10,000 and the new law was implemented on 11 March 2011.

It later said that the compound is "up to" RM10,000, which means that depending on the offence, the fine could be lower; in fact, as low as RM100.

There were some uproars since the implementation as there were cases where the public felt that those summoned were unfairly penalised. This then led to the government announcing that appeals can be made, confusing things further as nobody knew where the appeal could be done. Not to mention the hassle of it all.

When no one came forward to pay up, the government even offered a discount of up to 50 per cent.

After all the confusion and drama (which probably could have been avoided if the government actually think through whatever new things they introduce), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan has announced that a detailed guideline on offences and fines will be out soon.

Offences and fines to be categorised

The minister in charge of law and parliament said that the list of COVID-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) offences and the fines for flouting them will be available online soon.

The government has decided that offences under Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 (Act 342) will be under three categories, The Star Online reported.Here are the categories:


The first category, also known as the one that can get you fined the most, involve offences that involves the risk of high transmission of virus to a large number of people.

Examples given include:
This one cannot ya.

The second category involves offences that could lead to high risk of transmission of the virus but not widespread impact to the community.

Examples of this includes:
Always remember to wear your face mask.

The final category is for lighter offences (i.e. ones with only a low risk of transmission of the virus and does not involve high impact on community).

This includes:
Complete list of offences and fines will be available online soon, but with so much confusion around any new law and SOP that the government introduces, it's probably safest to just stay in as much as possible.