Minister in PM’s Dept in Violation of MCO

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Meeting took place without social distancing measures.

Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor/NST

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zulkifli Mohamad appears to be the latest member of the cabinet who has trouble complying with the movement control order (MCO).

At least five police reports have been lodged on the de facto religious affairs minister’s alleged meeting with several people at his Putrajaya office, where health and safety guidelines were ignored.

The police reports were filed in Selangor, Johor and Kelantan earlier this month.

Among others, a complainant questioned Zulkifli’s actions in meeting with Umno supreme council member Fathul Bari Mat Jahya, university lecturers Rozaimi Ramli and Ahmad Kamilin Jamilin and others.

Zulkilfli had posted pictures of the event on social media.

The meeting is reported to have been called over a project concerning the translation of a holy book that is being planned.

One complainant, who declined to be named, claimed the minister’s action was in direct violation of the MCO and called on authorities to investigate.

“The images uploaded on Facebook clearly shows a meeting taking place without any social distancing measures,” said the complainant.

“The same goes for the individuals who went beyond 10 km to meet with him during the MCO.

“A detailed investigation must be carried out and appropriate action is taken if he (Zulkifli) is found to have breached the MCO.”

From March 18, the country was under a partial shutdown with almost all movements restricted. Only businesses considered essential were allowed to operate, including ministerial work or that by elected representatives.

The government imposed a 10km regulation on April 1, with any travel beyond disallowed unless there were no shops or medical facilities providing essential goods and services within that radius.

However, the government then imposed a conditional MCO from May 4 which has seen the easing of regulations, with most businesses and activities allowed to resume under strict conditions and the 10km rule removed.

Any activities or businesses involving a large gathering of people, close bodily contact and inability to maintain social distancing are not permitted.

Other VIPs charged for violating the MCO included Deputy Health Minister Noor Azmi Ghazali and Perak executive councillor Razman Zakaria last month.

Both were fined RM1,000 each.