JOHOR BAHRU (Aug 31): The government has to amend two acts if it wants to proceed with the proposal to increase the compound rates for violating regulations under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the two acts are the Interpretation Acts 1948 and 1967, as well as Act 342.

“In the Interpretation Act, the compound rate should not exceed RM1,000. So, if we want to increase the compound in Act 342, it should not be different from the Interpretation Act.

“Therefore, the government has to amend the two acts and they have to be tabled in Parliament,” he told reporters after an investiture ceremony to award Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) to 350 Armed Forces veterans in Ulu Tiram here, on Sunday.

Ismail Sabri said the matter was discussed in the Cabinet meeting last week and the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan had been asked to study whether the amendment is required.

“If the amendments are required, then we will amend. But it needs a longer time because we are amending two acts and they must be brought to Parliament to be debated, and if passed, they must also be gazetted,” he said.

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