Huge crowds & lack of social distancing at KLCC over saman discounts spark COVID concerns among M’sians

Source: @Miss_Netto, @aqilzuhaini, BFM

As reported earlier, Malaysians across the country are currently entitled to 70% and 80% discounts on their traffic fines issued by both the Royal Malaysian Police and the Road Transport Office (JPJ) beginning 9th December 2021 to 12th December 2021. The discounts were issued as part of Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri’s weekend-long Keluarga Malaysia event held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), which was also meant to mark his administration’s 100th day in office.

Huge crowds & lack of social distancing at KLCC over saman discounts 

While the idea of issuing discounts on fines meant to act as a deterrent against repeat offenses is peculiar enough, Malaysians have also pointed out that massive crowds will wind up congregating at the convention halls simply to pay off their fines, which could pose as a potential COVID-19 risk given the difficulty in enforcing proper social distancing measures.

Predictably, that prophecy proved true after netizens took to sharing scenes from within the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday (9th December 2021), where many had turned up to claim the 80% discounts on traffic fines. As one can imagine, the huge turn-out meant that many present were seen pressed shoulder-to-shoulder in some instances, while other locations such as the hallways leading into the convention hall space were populated with long lines.

The situation from inside the convention hall did not improve much either, with similar sightings of heavy crowds trying to squeeze their way to walk between other attendees.

Online payment portals have crashed

According to the official notice regarding the discount on fines, offenders are now allowed to not only pay at designated counters at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre between 9:00am to 6:00pm, but they are also able to do so at Regional Police Headquarters or Contingent Police Headquarters, as well as online via JPJ and PDRM’s official portals.

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

Despite the option to pay online, many have found that both portals were inaccessible due to heavy online traffic that led to service outages. Scenes at police headquarters showed similarly long lines with many awaiting to pay off their traffic offenses within the remaining 3 days for the 80% discount.

Long lines outside police headquarters.
Source: @kewsicheng90

Alongside the discounts on traffic fines, the Keluarga Malaysia event also saw other initiatives and activities being held, which includes a job fair that has also attracted a large turnout. Netizens have since taken to sharing their concerns, may whom pointed out the hypocrisy by the Ministry of Health for not standing up against the government’s decision to organise such a large-scaled public gathering in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

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Also read: Take note! M’sians can get 70% to 80% discount off JPJ and PDRM samans from 9th to 12th Dec

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