Neelofa and family fined RM60k for defying SOPs

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Famous celebrity-cum-entrepreneur Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor, her husband and family members have been slapped with compound fines totalling RM60,000 for defying Covid-19 prevention Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

The compound notices were issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease (Measures Within Infected Local Areas (No. 4) Regulations 2021.

Neelofa’s fine was for two offences. The first compound was that as an organiser she failed to adhere to SOP requirements in a social function during the Conditional Movement Control Order, by failing to ensure a minimum of one metre in social distancing.

The second offence was for violating interstate permission under Sub-rule 4 (2) (d) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease (Measures Within Infected Local Areas Regulations 2021 since its related activities were outside the scope of what is permitted by the police.

Neelofa was compounded RM10,000 for each offence, bringing the total fines to RM20,000.

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Her husband, Muhammad Haris Mohd Ismail, better known as PU Riz, was also compounded RM10,000 for interstate travel for the celebration.

Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said the newlyweds are not entitled to any discounts for the compound.

Apart from the couple, 20 of their family members who attended their wedding held at a hotel were also compounded RM1,500 each for failing to ensure physical distancing.

Mohamad Zainal said all the compounds, which totalled RM 60,000, were issued today.

“Therefore, we advise the public to continue to comply with the Conditional Movement Control Order to ensure we can break the infection chain, faster.

“Failure to comply with the SOP and government’s order may result in severe action being taken against those caught defying the provisions,” he said.

Meanwhile, Neelofa in a post on her official Twitter account said she accepted the compound with an open heart.

She said the compound is a good lesson, for misusing the interstate travel approval given by the authorities.

Neelofa and her husband were criticised by netizens after photographs of their wedding on March 27 showed that guests were seated closely without social distancing. Most also were seen not wearing face masks.

The newly wed couple courted further controversy when they were photographed on their honeymoon in Langkawi days after tying the knot. – NST