Why Blame Frontliners for Quarantine Breach, Guan Eng Asks PAS Leader

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PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin should have not dragged the Health Ministry into his defence of Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali for failing to adhere to the mandatory quarantine, said Lim Guan Eng.

The DAP secretary-general said Hashim has the right to politicise the issue but should not blame the front-liners who gave everything to contain the Covid-19 virus.

“If you want to politicise the issue, that is your right but don’t blame the Health Ministry and the front-liners for your own wrongdoing,” he said at a press conference today.

Yesterday, Hashim said Khairuddin should be considered a hero even though he broke Covid-19 quarantine rules as his trip to Turkey brought benefits to the oil palm sector.

The Islamist party’s spiritual leader said Khairuddin has been maligned and attacked by opposition MPs, when the fault lay with the Health Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry for failing to ensure that the minister complied with the mandatory quarantine after returning from Turkey on July 7.

“It’s not his fault…the Health Ministry was negligent, so was the Foreign Affairs Ministry, causing him to be attacked,” Hashim said.

The former finance minister urged Hashim to retract his statement.

“He should retract what he said. The real heroes are the front-liners and Khairuddin is not the hero.”

Meanwhile, Lim urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to explain why it has not acted against Deputy Defence Minister Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz.

Ikmal recently recommended his son to be a member of the board of directors of Pharmaniaga.

“There is no doubt that MACC should investigate and take action because what Ikmal has done is to solicit for a position which benefited his son.

“So far, there is no news or development by MACC on this matter. All are equal in the eyes of the law. MACC should act immediately against Ikmal to demonstrate that they do not practise double standards,” Lim said.

Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob confirmed receiving a letter from Ikmal but did not proceed with the appointment over concerns of nepotism despite jotting down the word “support” on the letter.

Pharmaniaga’s majority shareholder is Boustead Holdings Bhd. The Armed Forces Fund Board, in turn, holds a majority stake in Boustead Holdings as well as a smaller stake in Pharmaniaga. – TMI