Nasi Kandar Salleh Owner to Face RM1 Million Lawsuit

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Traders in Napoh filing lawsuit.

Residents and traders in Napoh are planning to file a RM1 million lawsuit against the owner of Nasi Kandar Salleh next week as they attempt to seek for damages sustained following the Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster.

“Until yesterday, we have managed to gather 100 residents and traders, including six non-governmental organisations (NGO) who wish to sue the owner of Nasi Kandar Salleh.

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“We are expecting 50 more residents to join following the advice from law firm Zunun & Co who has offered their services pro bono,” Kedah Consumers’ Association (CAKE) Mohamad Yusrizal Yusoff said in a statement today.

He claimed that the cluster resulted in residents and traders in the area suffering losses of RM14,000 each.

“We are now in the process of gathering the personal details of these residents. This action has to be taken because people here did not only suffer monetary losses but some feel they were shunned by society, outsiders refuse to get close to them, they can’t go out to work.

“Many have exhausted their savings. They were just going to get their lives back in order when the Movement Control Order (MCO) ended but then this happened,” he said.

“We hope that this will serve as a lesson to everyone to not arbitrarily violate the standard operating procedures set by the government causing the spread of Covid-19,” Yusrizal added.

Yesterday, Nezar Mohamed Sabur Batcha, 57, was sentenced to five months’ jail and fined RM12,000 by the Magistrate’s Court here after he pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to comply with the home quarantine order on July 14.

On Aug 3, the government announced the implementation of TEMCO in four areas, namely Mukim Ah, Mukim Hosba and Mukim Binjal in Kubang Pasu district; and Kampung Ulu, Padang Sanai in Padang Terap following the spread of Covid-19 cases stemming from the Sivagangga cluster.