No-Quarantine Khairuddin Says “No Need to Resign”

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Would not entertain the demands of certain quarters urging him to step down as the offence was not an act of misconduct.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said that there is no need for him to resign following his failure to comply with the mandatory home quarantine recently.

The Kuala Nerus member of Parliament said he would not entertain the demands of certain quarters, urging him to step down as the offence was not an act of misconduct.

“It involved violation of the Standard Operating Procedures and I will leave it to the police,” he told reporters after the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification programme in Slim River today.

“I did not do anything wrong in regard to my job, it only involved an error over the issue of the SOPs,” he was quoted saying.

Bernama

“I have my own view, but I let the police [to investigate]. The Health Ministry had also issued a statement. For me, it’s solved, although I have my own view.”

Khairuddin has received backlash from the public with some of them demanding him to resign after failing to undergo the 14 days quarantine upon returning from a visit to Turkey, last month.

Yesterday, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (JSJ) Deputy Director (Investigation / Legal) DCP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police have opened an investigation paper after 27 reports were lodged against the minister.

Khairuddin also confirmed that he and three of his family members have had their statements recorded over the issue yesterday.

The minister said he told the police he was in Turkey on a “semi-official trip”.

“One reason was for a project negotiation involving Terengganu which had yet to be solved when I took over as minister and the rest was regarding palm oil.”

Asked whether he is satisfied with the police investigation, Khairuddin said: “I’m satisfied and have apologised and have even contributed my May to August earnings to the Covid-19 Fund,” he said.

He added it is now more important that he continue working on as usual, and that the issue did not affect work since he is human, and it is normal to make mistakes.

It is understood that Khairuddin met with several key figures in Turkey to negotiate the export of Malaysian palm oil to Greece and the Balkan countries.