Covid Lockdown – How Corrupt Government Operatives Use Dirty Tricks To Slap People With RM1000 Compound Fines

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Jan 17 2021
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A whopping 4,029 Covid-19 new cases and 8 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours (Jan 16, 2021). The country hit another new record and for the first time, infections number breaches the 4,000 milestone. Congratulations to the backdoor Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who does not dare to claim credit anymore about containing the pandemic.


Armed with 155,095 cases, Malaysia shoots up the chart for the wrong reason, leaving Myanmar behind in the dust. Under the incompetent and clueless Perikatan Nasional backdoor government, the country is now ranked 62nd in the top-100 chart, well ahead of Myanmar (70th spot). It appears that the half-baked MCO 2.0 lockdown does not work as anticipated.


Unlike the first nationwide MCO (movement control order) lockdown, first introduced on March 18, 2020, the second MCO declared recently for 14 days – effective from Jan 13 to 26, 2021 – certainly looks like a joke. Exactly how do you plan to flatten the third wave when most economic sectors, including jewellery and luxury lingerie shops, are still running at full speed?

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While everyone  watches with astonishment how the health ministry announces new records of Coronavirus cases almost every day, most have overlooked the number of people being arrested by police for flouting the government’s lockdown rules. Yesterday alone, a disturbing 472 people had been arrested and 457 of them were fined, while 15 were remanded.


There’s no official statistics of the total number of people who have been arrested or slapped with compound fines since the outbreak started in January 2020. But using yesterday’s data and assuming an average 457 people are being fined on a daily basis, the government would have collected at least a jaw-dropping RM136 million since the first MCO lockdown on March 18, 2020.


On paper, it seems Malaysians are extremely stubborn, not to mention extraordinary rich as they don’t mind paying the RM1,000 fines for each offence committed. Senior Minister “turtle egg” Ismail Sabri Yaakob said among the offences were failure to wear face masks, crossing districts or states without permission and failure to provide materials for contact tracing or registration, among others.

Coronavirus - Malaysia People Wearing Mask

Malaysia is arguably the only country in the world that has a long list of various types of MCO. Regardless whether it’s MCO, EMCO, Semi-EMCO, CMCO, RMCO, and whatnot, one thing is guaranteed – it’s a goldmine. The different types of lockdowns actually provide a cash-cow for the authorities, so much so it opens up a mouth-watering new avenue for corruption.


Yes, the sudden aggressiveness of the police – known for their corruption, incompetence and complacence – in nabbing people who disobey the directives of the movement control order has raised suspicions that some sort of commission-based systems were in place to reward them. There are so many types of offences that people could commit without them realizing it – until it’s too late.


Last month, Minister Ismail Sabri revealed that not wearing a face mask was the highest number of offences flouted. Unless you are ministers or families of ministers, you can be fined for wearing a mask not to the police liking. While ministers have the privilege to wear masks with their noses uncovered, ordinary folks will be immediately fined for doing the same.

Coronavirus - Sabah Barisan Nasional Campaign - Social Distancing and Face Mask

In August last year, a teenager burst into tears after he was fined RM1,000 for pulling down his face mask to the chin while waiting for his train on a platform. The student apparently did so because it was itchy and he had only done so temporarily. But instead of giving a warning, the Royal Malaysia Police showed zero compassion and accused people of giving excuses.


Those are news reported by the media. But how about unreported hidden cases where the authorities prey on people to meet their compound fines quota? Go get a can of Coke and some popcorn before we start some interesting stories of how the police use dirty tricks to penalise people. The Malays call them “hantu (ghost)”, a naughty word to describe spies or operatives.


The next time you step out of your home, it’s worth every penny to remember that the Muhyiddin regime has the eyes and ears on the ground. Operatives or spies are being deployed in your neighbourhood with the phone’s camera ready to snap photos or pictures of potential offenders. And if you are of Chinese ethnicity, your chances of getting snapped are even higher.

Coronavirus - CMCO Lockdown - Two Diners Per Table

The wisdom behind targeting the Chinese community is obvious – they have the financial means to “settle” an offence in exchange for not issuing a compound ticket. At a posh restaurant, don’t try to step out without wearing a mask. Chances are it would be too late by the time you mask-up as the spies have already taken a photo of you not wearing it outside the restaurant.


And if you’re visiting a “Kopitiam (coffee shop)” or a normal Chinese restaurant, remember to flash your smartphone to register with the MySejahtera app first before proceeds to make your order or buy food. If you’re not lucky, the authorities will suddenly appear and demand to see your phone for the compulsory registration. Don’t think for a second that it’s hard to hit the jackpot.


There was a hilarious story where a restaurant patron “stood up”, ready to leave after his meal of “wanton mee”, only to be apprehended by authorities for not wearing a mask. It may sound ridiculous, but if you do not immediately mask-up right before you leave your dining table, chances are the spies would have snapped your photo already and you will be given a ticket.

Cornavirus - Kopitiam Operator

Another case involved a man who wanted to throw rubbish late at night (before the current MCO lockdown). Thinking the rubbish dump was quite secluded with no people in sight, he stepped out of his car without wearing his mask. Out of nowhere, some policemen approached and threatened to issue him a compound. He was taken for a few rounds of rides in a police car to “negotiate”.


At the end, instead of the RM1,000 compounds, the man agreed to pay RM400 bribe demanded by the authorities to “forget the offence”. Interestingly, it was only last month (Dec 15, 2020) that Senior Minister Ismail Sabri said the wearing of face mask is only compulsory in crowded public places. Of course, if you do not have witnesses or proof, it would be the police words against yours.


Another offence often committed by ordinary folks is the failure to comply with physical distancing. But even if you obediently observe the 1-metre social distancing, the police have their own dirty tricks. A “hantu” will suddenly appear in front of you as if cutting your queue. Before you could do or say anything, photos would have been snapped from a distance away.

And voila, the photos giving an impression of you not observing the 1-metre physical distancing will be used to issue a RM1,000 fines – unless you’re willing to “negotiate”. As revealed by the turtle egg Ismail Sabri yesterday, the compliance task force teams normally conduct checks at supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks. Those are the authorities’ favourite places to prey on people.


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I have to, as usual, play play fair, look at it a different way, making money out of giving fines to covid offenders should be seen as being resourceful. It is along the line of our other famous tradition screwing kopi money out of traffic offenders.

I have to emphasize there has to be genuine and good reason to apprehend any offender. Which means they should not be set up to have money screwed out of them. The game has to be fair.

I would not encourage any moron monkey politician of ours to flout rules by pretending he or she is wearing a mask but at the same time show off that he is a monkey of power and does not need follow the rules to the fool. Such cave monkey behaviour gives our tree-swinging specimens the feel and cheap delusion they are “different”. Monkeys fearing they may look inferior always need some kind of prop to show they are actually inferior and act inferior. We call that no class and no style – while the plain fact is our monkey politicians have no sense of responsibility.

Acting stupid while flaunting it is more than just being trademark stupid. Which goes to say the gomen is also stupid not smacking down their own monkeys to set an example to the public.

There’s really no worse in the world than Malaysian political monkeys – obnoxious tree-swinging savages!

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