The RM1,000 compound issued to Plantation, Industries, and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali is the highest amount permitted under the Health Ministry’s jurisdiction, said director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Noor Hisham said the minister’s issue is still under police investigation. Khairuddin did not undergo mandatory quarantine after returning from Turkey in July.
Noor Hisham said that in response to public outcry over the fine handed to the minister as compared to the ones received by the public.
“According to Act 342 the maximum compound is RM1,000 for those who violate regulatory orders and home surveillance order.
“Having said that, the PDRM is still conducting investigations following police reports made,” he said on Twitter.
He was responding to a complaint by a social media user who was disappointed with the form of punishment received by the minister compared to those given to members of the public.
The user also expressed dismay because the punishment did not display justice and responsibility of the current government, aside from not showing the public a good example.
“Only RM1,000 for a minister who was supposed to be an example for the people? Where is the justice? Where is the sense of responsibility?” asked Twitter user @Enon28.
After the recent outcry, Khairuddin said he will donate his May-August salary to the Covid-19 fund.
Apologising for his wrongdoing, he said it is his responsibility as a minister to comply with the standard operating procedure implemented throughout the recovery movement control order in the fight against the pandemic.
“To express the sense of responsibility, I would like to return my salary as a minister for the months of May until August to the Covid-19 fund under the Health Ministry,” Khairuddin said.
He added that the salaries for March and April have been donated to the fund following a cabinet decision.
A minister’s monthly salary is reported to be RM14,907.20. – TMI