Complaint Lodged Against Gathering of Politicians

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The government will leave it to the police to take action against VIPs said to have violated the movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

No one is above the law. That is the basis.

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“I have been made to understand that police reports have been lodged, and we will leave it to the police to take action,” the Senior Minister said at a press conference Saturday (April 18).

Sabri said this when asked to comment if VIPs who made visits during the MCO had violated the law.

Pictures of some of these VIPs had gone “viral” on social media networks, with netizens slamming the actions of the politicians and asking if there were different rules or standards for those in power.

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The pictures purportedly show Deputy Health Minister I Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali, Perak exco Razman Zakaria and their entourage distributing provisions and eating together with a group of people at a tahfiz institution in Lenggong, Perak.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin took a dig at Azmi in an Instagram post, chiding him for not setting a good example to Malaysians during the MCO.

Not any deputy minister but deputy minister of health, does not set a good example in the current MCO.

“In other countries such as New Zealand, the health minister resigned for violating lockdown rules, as well as the public in their respective country expressing anger at the UK housing minister and South African communications minister for the same reason. We do not want to have different rules, leadership must demonstrate good behaviour,” he posted today.

Yesterday, photographs of former Terengganu mentri besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said visiting the current Mentri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar at his residence in Teluk Kalong, Kemaman also went viral.

Samsuri said that he had gone to Ahmad’s house to resolve the issue of the unequal allocation of votes received by the Barisan Nasional assemblymen. The latter is also Terengganu Umno chairman.

In yet another viral post, Deputy Rural Development Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamad also came under fire after photographs were uploaded of him and his entourage enjoying a meal together in contravention of social distancing rules.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mustapa Mohamed also removed social media posts describing his visits to constituents in Jeli during the MCO.

The MP, who is known as Tok Pa, had posted pictures of him at the homes of several elderly residents in his parliamentary seat in Kelantan.

Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Takiyuddin Hassan said ministers and deputy ministers are not immune under the law if they deliberately flout the MCO.

He said it was up to the authorities to take appropriate action if it is true that gatherings were deliberately held involving any minister or deputy minister.

“Everybody is subject to the law, including ministers. There is no immunity under the law. It is up to the authorities to take action if the MCO was deliberately flouted and they clearly defied the standard operation procedure. However, it depends on the case.

“Ministers meet every day on issues linked to Covid-19. After the meetings, some need (to make) further checks, including visits and surveys. For example, a minister’s visit could involve a briefing on views, which must be sought,” he said.

PKR’s Youth wing (AMK) secretary Ahmad Syukri Che Ab Razab has urged the authorities to investigate those involved and take action against them.

He questioned whether these politicians categorised as the “kluster kayangan” (elite group of Malaysians returning from abroad) should be specially treated.

Does our legal system have a special clause for this group of people?

These politicians should set a good example to the people and convince them to obey the MCO for the safety of all.

However, this order has been violated by some leaders for political purposes,” he said in a statement.