Youth Coalition Hands In A Memorandum In Protest To The Harsh Act 342 Amendments

Youth Coalition Hands In A Memorandum In Protest To The Harsh Act 342 Amendments

Proposed penalties harsher than kidnapping, causing death by negligence, attempted murder, says Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat


Youth Coalition Hands In A Memorandum In Protest To The Harsh Act 342 Amendments

Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat (SSR), a youth coalition, sent a memorandum to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today in protest of changes to the Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Act 342).

The penalties imposed (under the proposed amendments) are harsher than kidnapping, causing death by negligence, and attempted murder,” the group said.

If the amendments are ratified by the Dewan Rakyat today, individuals and corporations found in breach of Act 342 would face fines of up to RM10,000 and RM500,000, respectively.

Currently, individuals and business organisations are liable to a maximum fine of RM1,000.

Source - Free Malaysia Today

Meanwhile, anyone convicted in court might face up to three years in jail, an RM50,000 fine, or both.

Khairy came just before the group left and engaged the members.

The Rembau Member of Parliament said that he had talked to many parties, including the opposition.

We will see what happens,” he added.

Also, the leader of the opposition party Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim met briefly with the group.

The Port Dickson MP restated his earlier stance that his bloc would vote against the bill unless significant amendments and discussions are made.

If there are substantial changes, he said, “they must not be imposed today."

Former health minister and Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah, Tangga Batu MP Rusnah Aluai, and Batu MP P. Prabakaran were also there to meet SSR.

Source – The Vibes

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