The Health DG said that the matter was being investigated.
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Authorities are looking into how several matriculation students in Perak were supposedly fined RM1,500 each for breaking Covid-19 rules.
The matter was first brought to light by Twitter user @NabilAmirul4 who had shared a picture supposedly showing health authorities in uniform attending to a couple of students at the college’s cafeteria with the caption, “Perak matriculation students have been locked up for a whole semester but in the end, the Health Ministry (KKM) comes into the cafe and issue RM1,500 compounds to students.”
student matrikulasi perak kene kurung for the whole semester but end up kkm masuk cafe pergi kompaun RM1.5k dekat student… KEPALA HOTAK DIA @KKMPutrajaya kitorang punya elaun pun 6 bulan RM1250 jeh hanat… pic.twitter.com/XILpBnGQe2— Bel🇲🇾 (@NabilAmirul4) April 19, 2021
Another Twitter thread posted by user @ainurjannxh claims that many students were charged without warning and that they only had two weeks to pay off the fines to avoid going to court.
She continued by revealing how health authorities had originally came to investigate a food poisoning incident at the college cafeteria before raiding the students for standard operating procedure (SOP) violations.
The post also shared how KMP students have stayed relatively isolated with little contact with the outside world for close to 5 months during their semester in college.
tiba tiba, salah seorang pegawai KKM panggil dia. Takde warning, takde peringatan dan tak tanya. Terus mintak Nama, Ic dan alamat rumah— Jay Jay (@ainurjannxh) April 19, 2021
kena kompaun RM1.5k, kena bayar dalam masa 2 minggu di Pejabat Kesihatan Kampar kalau tidak proceed ke Mahkamah pic.twitter.com/OIgYTeKXtj
Double standards & advocacy
The issue caught the attention of Muar Member of Parliament (MP) Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman who questioned the government’s double standard in law enforcement.
“If it’s students, no need to open an investigation paper. Compound straight away,” wrote the former Youth and Sports Minister on Twitter questioning why authorities were so quick on punishing instead of advocating people.
The same was preached by Simpang Renggam MP and former Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik who commented saying that teaching and reminding people of Covid-19 health guidelines can do more good than issuing compounds on the spot.
Setelah mendengar penjelasan para pelajar, saya gesa pihak @KemPendidikan dan @KPMatrikulasi berunding dengan @KKMPutrajaya tentang isu ini.— Maszlee Malik 🇲🇾 (@maszlee) April 20, 2021
Usahlah didenda. Pendekatan mendidik lebih baik. Berikan amaran dan peringatan dahulu. Kasihani para pelajar. https://t.co/oGddCSya1c
The matter also received a response from the Health Director-General (DG) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah who said that the Perak health authorities were investigating the situation.
Siasatan segera sedang dijalankan oleh Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Perak. Terima kasih atas aduan ini kepada KKM dan perkara ini akan diambil tindakan secepat mungkin. InshaAllah— Noor Hisham Abdullah (@DGHisham) April 19, 2021
Typing out trending issues and walking the fine line between deep and dumb.