Ismail Sabri says that they are not authorized to impose any fine!
Published 25 Feb 2021, 7:39 pm
Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has ordered the management of a condominium complex to retract a compound it issued against a one-year-old child for not wearing a face mask in one of the building’s lift.
The incident allegedly happened at a condominium in Ampang recently with the management having said to have issued a RM100 penalty against the child.
A letter from the management to the child on the alleged matter has circulated on social media. It, among others, states: “It is regrettable to find that you have violated the following clauses of the House Rules of the condominium.”
Ismail (above) said not only did slapping a fine on children make any sense but the condominium management itself had no authority to issue such fines on residents.
He stressed that the action to fine offenders was with the Health ministry under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
Other than the ministry, the police, too, have been given the power to issue compounds.
“As of today, we have not granted such powers to the management of condominiums, apartments or offices to take action.
“So what was done by the Ampang condominium management is wrong. So I hope they withdraw the compound [..] and to compound a one-year-old child, that doesn’t make sense,” he said during a media briefing today.
Condos cannot punish SOP flouters, says govt after baby gets RM100 fine
Senior minister declares residential buildings have no right to issue compounds; violations should be overseen by authorities
Updated 1 hour ago · Published on 25 Feb 2021 7:27PM ·
KUALA LUMPUR – Condominium and apartment management bodies are not allowed to issue compounds to those who do not abide by the government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the requirement to wear face masks, among others, comes under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, meaning only government officials are empowered to issue compounds.
“We have not given this power to condominium and apartment management bodies. They have no jurisdiction,” he said in a press conference today.
Ismail was commenting on a viral post that an Ampang condominium’s management had issued a RM100 compound to a 1-year-old for not wearing a face mask in a lift.
The minister said the action taken by the management is wrong and unreasonable, and ordered the condominium management to rescind the fine.
“The only power that condominium managements have is related to their premises, such as vandalism or facility damages.”