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PDRM: We’re Investigating Allegeed SOP Breach Involving Ministers But Have To Be Careful

PDRM: We’re Investigating Allegeed SOP Breach Involving Ministers But Have To Be Careful

They have to be cautious to avoid misunderstanding and problems.

Hakim Hassan

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The police have begun investigations on alleged Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) breaches by prominent individuals who’ve attended public events recently.

However, they have to be careful when it comes to probing politicians and ministers to avoid causing any misunderstanding and further problems later on.

FMT quoted Sepang police chief Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusof who said that they initiated the investigation yesterday following a report filed by MUDA on 16 March – first at Dang Wangi Police Headquarters and then at IPD Sepang.

It was reported that several Ministers travelled interstate recently to attend a wedding reception on 14 March.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

The wedding is not the only incident on their radar as the recent cycling event attended by Housing and Local Government Ministry Datuk Zuraida Kamarudin and another event attended by Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa were also being investigated.

People are not happy

With the government deciding to increase the compounds for SOP breaches to RM10,000, people were furious when they find out that prominent individuals appeared to be disregarding the rules.

One Twitter user pointed out that the event was held during a time when interstate travel is not allowed.

Credit: Twitter

Another user even tried to message UMNO Youth Movement Negeri Sembilan Chief Datuk Mohd Zaidy Abdul Kadir who allegedly posted the event on his Instagram to explain the situation.

Credit: Twitter

MUDA files police report

In the aftermath of the incident, MUDA launched a police report on the Ministers and have listed down a list of the offenders, according to reports by Kosmo.

The Ministers named by Muda include:

  • Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa
  • Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad
  • Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar
  • Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz
  • Home Affairs Deputy Minister Ismail Mohamed Said

They even have a website called up and running for whistleblowers who want to report on Ministers who have breached SOPs.

It’s RM10,000 if you breach the SOP

Based on reports from Harian Metro, the RM10,000 compound for breach of standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the Emergency Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Ordinance 1988 (Amendment) 2021 is applicable to all categories of the Movement Control Order (PKP).

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that it applies in all states or localities as long as the SOP is in place.

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