Netizens Fear The Coming Of The “Courthouse Cluster” Following Najib’s Solidarity Gathering
Even the Health DG is sad :'(
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The mob of #bossku supporters massed at the KL courthouse in solidarity of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s trial on Tuesday (July 28) is raising concerns among Malaysians.
As the whole country focused its attention on the proceedings of the country’s most controversial court case, people can’t help but call the mass gathering of people, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, a huge red flag.
Taking their anxieties to social media, netizens laid their criticisms that the event was against “new normal” standard operating procedures (SOP).
People pointed out that the crowd of supporters can be seen ignoring social distancing rules, with some of them not even wearing face masks.
67 yr old Najib Razak has arrived as supporters cheered . Many are kept outside Duta court complex as only those with valid passes are allowed in. Social distancing is non existence . Many aren’t even wearing masks 😷 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Vvex7331u7— Melissa Goh (@MelGohCNA) July 28, 2020
Politik tu politik la juga. Harap YB @IsmailSabri60 dan @DGHisham tegur sikit mereka yang tak ikut SOP KKM dan tak amalkan social distancing di Mahkamah KL pagi ini pic.twitter.com/RLEJ3rFLsK— Asrul Muzaffar🇲🇾 (@asrulmm) July 28, 2020
Netizens have even taken to giving the crowd grim nicknames like the “makhamah cluster” or courthouse cluster, fearing a spike in coronavirus cases in the coming days
Cluster Mahkamah is coming soon 😭— Ash (@Sahimun) July 28, 2020
Cluster Mahkamah? Cluster Najib? Cluster Bossku?— Shan (@ShanilK99) July 28, 2020
The event reportedly even has public officials worried, with the Health-Director General Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah himself expressing grief over the day’s turnout.
Sudah terang lagi bersuluh setiap hari Kementerian Kesihatan mengingatkan rakyat Malaysia untuk patuh kepada SOP untuk penjarakan selamat sekurang-kurangnya 1 meter, memakai pelitup separuh muka dan kerap cuci tangan. Sedih bila melihat keadaan begini tiada kawalan kendiri.— Noor Hisham Abdullah (@DGHisham) July 28, 2020
It is said that over 1,000 people had gathered from as early as 6 am to show support for the former premier.
Apparently police had warned the attending crowds to abide by Covid-19 guidelines, but from the looks of it, we could probably take a guess on how things went.
Following the trial, Najib was convicted of seven criminal charges involving abuse of power, breach of trust, and money laundering.
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