Politicians from DAP and Umno today questioned the Attorney-General’s Chambers for not prosecuting Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali for allegedly violating a quarantine order in July.
They said that it looks like the government is not firm about acting against those who flout the law, adding that the attorney-general owes the public an explanation on the decision.
DAP central committee member Wong Kah Woh said the plantation industries and commodities minister could not claim that he was not aware of the rules.
“Rules and procedures are required to be strictly adhered to and no one shall be above the law.
“I wish to remind the attorney-general that in such a clear case involving Khairuddin where prima facie evidence is beyond doubt, a charge against Khairuddin is inevitable,” he said in a statement.
Yesterday, Attorney-General Idrus Harun said there was insufficient evidence to prefer any charges against Khairuddin.
The AG’s Chambers found there was no home surveillance or observation order issued to the minister for him to observe the quarantine, as stipulated under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
Wong said it’s the duty of Khairuddin to prove his innocence in court and he has all the right to challenge the prosecution case.
“It is not the duty of the attorney-general to find ways or excuses for Khairuddin to escape. Sadly, the attorney-general has acted like the defence counsel to Khairuddin in this case.”
He also questioned the police and AGC for taking more than three months for their investigation before arriving at the decision of NFA (no further action) against Khairuddin, compared to the other quick and harsh actions against civilians for the same offence.
Meanwhile, Umno Supreme Council member Mohd Puad Zarkarshi said the people must be disappointed when Khairuddin was not charged with violating the guidelines.
“There are two reasons why this decision (by AGC) is being questioned.
“First, why did it take so long to investigate and decide the outcome? It seems the authorities were delaying the issue to find reasons (to drop charges).
“Second, the government is seen as not firm in this matter. Health officers who allegedly did not give the form 14b to Khairuddin were made scapegoats.”
Puad said even ordinary folk who returned from Sabah before September 27 took their own initiative to quarantine at home for 14 days.
“Some spend their own money to do swab tests. Not only that, some people did it twice.
“So morally, Khairuddin should be more responsible and self-quarantine himself. I’m sure even he could have thought about that himself.”
He added that now the government is accused of double standards, which adds to the public’s anger. – TMI