There shouldn’t be large gatherings like this at all, according to guidelines for the Recovery MCO.
The Royal Malaysian Police will be calling the organisers responsible for the gathering outside of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex for former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s trial on Tuesday (July 28).
What you need to know: The gathering was held by Najib’s supporters in solidarity as he was brought to court. There were around 900 people who gathered at the court house on Jalan Duta, most who were not following RMCO SOPs like wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
This led to fears of a potential new cluster, especially as new Covid-19 cases are rising everyday. In addition to public outcry, a member of the public has lodged a police report, prompting PDRM to look into the matter further.
Who said what: According to Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor, the organisers did not comply with requirements to practice social distancing. Mazlan notes that they should have known better and that people must realise that the pandemic threat is not over.
Why it matters: Health Director-General Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah has urged the public to maintain constant vigilance, as new cases and clusters continuously pop up across the nation. Malaysians who ignore Covid-19 SOPs might unwittingly spark brand new chains of infection that would push the country back into treating sick patients instead of preventing new infections, which could lead to another movement control order (MCO) and impact the entire country again.
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