The legal bureau of Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth Wing, the AMK Legal Bureau, advises every one who have been issued with a notice to compound the Summons for violation of the COVID-19 SOPs to seek legal assistance.
The AMK Legal Bureau is ready and prepared to provide assistance. Kindly reach us through the official Facebook page of AMK at https://www.facebook.com/amkeadilan or the Google Form at https://forms.gle/dMKYX91aPf1bYim86
The AMK Legal Bureau is of the opinion that the increase of the penalties and fine to be compounded from RM1,000.00 to RM10,000.00 under Sections 24 and 25 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) are invalid and/or void for two reasons:
1. The amendments to these Sections are made under Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 do not have the force of law because the ordinance has not been laid before Parliament as required under Article 150(3) of the Constitution;
2. The increase in the fine is unlawful because it violates the principle of proportionality and reasonableness. The fine of RM10,000.00 is too drastic compared to the desired result of complying with the SOPs which are in reality guidelines;
The AMK Legal Bureau is prepared to assist any person who has been issued with the Summons for violating the SOPs to challenge the validity of the Ordinance in Court.
In the meanwhile the AMK Legal Bureau call on the Perikatan Nasional Government to revise and/or repeal the RM10,000.00 fine. It is too draconian and oppressive.
CHIEW CHOON MAN
Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia