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Sivagangga Cluster Index Patient Sued RM1 Million By Residents of Napoh, Kedah

Sivagangga Cluster Index Patient Sued RM1 Million By Residents of Napoh, Kedah

The suit serves as a strict lesson to other members of the public to take their quarantine orders seriously.

Tasneem Nazari

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The residents and business operators of Napoh town in Kedah will be proceeding with their suit against the man believed to be the index patient of the Sivagangga cluster.

According to Berita Harian, Kedah Consumers Association (CAKE) representative, Mohamad Yusrizal Yusoff said the RM1 million lawsuit would be filed based on its lawyer’s advice, adding that the suit serves as a strict lesson to other members of the public to take their quarantine orders seriously.

The man, a Nasi Kandar Restaurant owner in the state, had breached his quarantine orders to visit his restaurant and several other places, triggering a chain of interstate Covid-19 infection cases. To date, the cluster consists of at least 45 people, some of which are third-generation cases.

The Sivagangga cluster index patient casually sitting at his Nasi Kandar restaurant wearing a pink quarantine order wristband. (Credit: Twitter)

Following the sudden increase in cases there, Napoh was placed under a targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO), while the Nasi Kandar restaurant was ordered to close.

This action is needed, as the residents are also stressed not just from the financial losses, but they feel isolated with even outsiders fearful of making their acquaintance, and they cannot go outside to work.

Mohamad Yusrizal via Malay Mail

Mohamad Yusrizal explained that the people of Napoh have suffered dire consequences due to the man’s irresponsible actions, adding that many residents have drained their savings, while business operators are suffering losses amounting to RM14,000 each.

The residents are being represented by Zunun and Co law firm, which has offered its services pro bono. 

CAKE representative, Mohd Yusrizal Yusoff,(Credit: Persatuan Pengguna Kedah/Facebook)

Up until yesterday, we managed to gather 100 residents and business owners, including six NGOs, who want to file the lawsuit against the owner of the Nasi Kandar Salleh restaurant.

Mohamad Yusrizal via Malay Mail

Yesterday, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed that the man has been sentenced to five month’s jail and fined RM12,000 by the government for breaching his quarantine orders.


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