KUALA LUMPUR: DAP will oppose the Bill to amend the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Bill 2021 (Act 342) when it is tabled for debates in Parliament next Monday (Dec 20), says party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

Lim also said in a statement on Friday (Dec 17) the postponement of debating the proposed amendments to Act 342 to next Monday was “cunningly calculated to avoid any negative political impact on the Sarawak state election on Saturday (Dec 18).”

“If the Bill was passed by the government on Thursday (Dec 16), Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) may suffer some degree of voter backlash,” said Lim, claiming that Act 342 was detrimental to the interests of Malaysians.

Lim said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob did not discuss the proposed amendments with members of the Special Committee of Covid-19 management.

“What then is the point of having this special committee when what should be discussed was never brought up?

“No paper was ever presented as indicated during previous meetings. By right, Ismail Sabri should explain why this was not deliberated first in the special committee before being tabled in Parliament?” Lim questioned.

The Health Ministry has decided to halve the proposed hefty fines on companies and individuals to RM500,000 and RM50,000, respectively, after public outcry.

Initially, fines for companies and individuals who breached Covid-19 SOPs were set to a maximum of RM1mil and RM100,000 respectively.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had urged all MPs to support the Bill when it’s tabled for debates next Monday, in order to beef up the fight against Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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