FAKE NEWS: RM1000 Fine for Sitting Side by Side in A Car

Merely on the third day of this movement control order, a story has surfaced on Whatsapp about how a driver was allegedly fined RM1000 for allowing his friend to sit next to him in the car.

The message has since been shared among a number of Whatsapp users since yesterday, with it indicting more fear and confusion among those who are already in CMCO.

Here are the facts according to the SOPs released by the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN):

1) Two Persons per Household Are Allowed to Go Out Together

SOPs for all three areas – KL, Selangor and Putrajaya as one, Sabah and Labuan states that two individuals per household are permitted to go out together to purchase food and essentials.

2) Taxis and E-Hailing Vehicles Are Limited to 2 Passengers

Including the driver himself/herself, a total of 3 people are allowed in said vehicles and there is no issue with being side-by-side in the back seat.

3) The Passenger Doesn’t Have to Sit Behind the Driver

There isn’t really a reason for the police to issue such a fine when the SOP guidelines do not mention anything about forbidding two people sitting side-by-side in a vehicle.

So what actually happened?

Actual location of crime committed: Restoran Shada Maju

It was later revealed that the man was actually fined for not practicing social distancing in a restaurant, as pictures of the summon clearly shows the address of a Restoran Shada Maju located in 121, Jalan Tengku Badar, Port Klang, Selangor.

The message and picture of the fine that was shared among WhatsApp users

Current SOP guidelines dictate that social distancing must be practiced in public, which means at least 1 meter of space between individuals. If you are caught breaching the SOP, not only will you be fined RM1000, but everyone else sitting at the table will also be fined RM1000, which is exactly what this man experienced on the first day of CMCO.

Do remember to NEVER share FAKE NEWS that can easily be found on social media platforms without doing adequate research on the story before sharing it to others.