Will Rauf, Najib get fined for bringing entourage?

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Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil questioned if authorities will enforce their standard operating procedures (SOP) against Covid-19 and impose a fine against BN supporters for turning up as an entourage to the nomination day of the Malacca polls.

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He said this in reference to BN’s Tanjung Bidara candidate Ab Rauf Yusoh turning up at the nomination centre with around 20 people, including former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“Amazing. They’ve broken the rules even before the start. Will they be compounded?” he said on Twitter.

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He also tagged the Election Commission (EC), Health Ministry and police on the micro-blogging site.

In the past, supporters gathered outside the nomination centre to show support.

However, such activities are banned during this state election as measures against the spread of Covid-19.

Prospective candidates are only allowed to bring a proposer and a seconder.

Ab Rauf’s opponents, Bersatu’s Mas Ermieyati Samsudin and PKR’s Zainal Hassan, complied with the rule.

Mas Ermieyati had also complained about the tough SOP, which he said will make it challenging for new candidates to introduce themselves.

Ceramahs, gatherings, door-to-door campaigning and face-to-face campaigning are banned.

The restrictions are significantly tougher compared to the Sabah polls last year, which sparked a new wave of Covid-19 that spread across the nation.

More than 29,000 lives have been lost to Covid-19. – Malaysiakini