Malacca police have issued a RM4,000 compound to a Pakatan Harapan candidate clad in clothing with a Pakatan Harapan’s logo for allegedly campaigning at an eatery on Wednesday.
When contacted, state police chief Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said the candidate was found to have breached the standard operating procedure of the Malacca polls by taking part in a walkabout in Alor Gajah.
This came after PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil posted a copy of the compound on social media and slammed the police for issuing it.
“This is crazy. Issued compound against someone for wearing Harapan’s logo. (Is it) because the party symbol spreads the virus? This is not the Covid-19 virus but a virus against democracy, the scariest of all viruses,” tweeted Fahmi today.
Fahmi told Malaysiakini that the compound was issued against PKR’s Machap Jaya candidate Law Binh Haw.
“The candidate was at the eatery on Nov 10, but our staff was told to pick up the summon yesterday evening,” he said.
When asked about this, Majid said wearing a shirt bearing a party’s symbol is seen as an act of campaigning.
“If (the candidate) wears a party’s shirt and goes to the eatery, that means he or she is campaigning,” he said.
“He may appeal to the Health Ministry if he is not happy. He may also bring the issue to the court after he appealed to the ministry,” he said.
Law was told to pay the RM4,000 fine by Nov 25 or he may be slapped with a court charge.
The compound was issued under Section 25 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
Several social media users called the move extreme and asked Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to nullify such compounds.
User @davidwong27 said: “This is just way too much lah! Requesting Minister Khairy to nullify this compound. It’s getting from bad to worse. Doesn’t make sense.”
Previously, Melaka police had issued a RM10,000 compound notice to a party that held a “mobile political ceramah”, although there was no crowd present, on Oct 30.
The compound was issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, which outlaws public gatherings.