The police had earlier issues warnings to the crowd of supporters gathered outside the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex here in support of Datuk Seri Najib Razak after their blatant disregard of social distancing regulations.
Sentul police chief ACP S Shanmugamoorthy said repeated warnings have been announced over their loudspeakers to remind those crowding the court entrance to disperse, but this was largely ignored by the crowd.
“I have asked my officers to monitor the area to make sure all the SOPs are followed,” he told reporters briefly when met here.
The clusters of crowds could still be seen outside the courthouse, after being ferried in by several buses this morning from across peninsular Malaysia.
Najib was found guilty of all seven charges in his RM42 million SRC International Sdn Bhd corruption trial, the first of his trials to reach a judgement.
Meanwhile, the gathering of more than 1,000 people has raised public ire nationwide.
It has been observed that no social distancing was practised and a majority of them did not wear face masks.
This had attracted strong condemnation and criticism in social media after pictures of the crowd were uploaded by various news portals.
They questioned why the authorities did not order for the group to disperse or take any action against them.
Some urged the government to impose compounds to those who did not follow the standard operating procedure (SOP).
“Najib’s decision in court today, cluster bossku coming soon,” said a Facebook user Mani Raja, in reference to Najib’s nickname among his supporters.
Another Facebook user Patrick Chen said: “Is Covid-19 virus on leave today? Looks like they do not follow SOP and do not care at all. Where is the enforcement?”
Others called for the group to be more vigilant and responsible by practising social distancing.
“Please practise social distancing of at least 1m and wear your masks. (The) Covid-19 virus can be anywhere and is invisible,” Facebook user Chandrra Vejayan said.
It is learnt that about 20 buses of supporters had made their way to the court.