Report lodged against minister for alleged quarantine breach

Khairuddin – Picture from Bernama

By John Isaac

SEPUTEH (Kuala Lumpur) Dapsy leaders have lodged a police report against Plantations and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali over the latter’s alleged breach of quarantine rules.

In the police report sighted by Malaysiakini, Seputeh Dapsy chief Diccam Lourdes Lourdhusamy said he read a news article regarding Khairuddin’s purported quarantine breach, and urged the police to take stern action under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

The police report was lodged at the Sri Petaling police station at 2.26pm yesterday.

When contacted, Brickfields OCPD Zairulnizam Mohd Zainuddin confirmed receiving the report and said it has been referred to the Health Ministry for further action.

Meanwhile, Diccam took to Facebook to accuse the government of double standards.

“If it were a normal person who went to Turkey and came back, they would have to be quarantined for 14 days. Why the minister is not being quarantined?

“Are they Superman or not? Do they have some kind of shield – Once you become minister or MP, you get a 24-hour God-created shield is it? No!” he said in a video posted on Facebook.

He noted that Turkey has recorded many Covid-19 cases and thousands have succumbed to the disease, and Khairuddin could have carried the disease to parliament.

For the record, at the time of Khairuddin’s visit from July 3 to 7, more than 5,600 new Covid-19 cases and 93 deaths were reported in Turkey.

Turkey has had more than 250,000 Covid-19 cases and 6,061 fatalities from the disease in total.

Diccam also questioned whether Khairuddin would face a fine and months of imprisonment for breaching quarantine, as with others who flouted the same regulations.

He noted that restaurant owner Nezar Mohamed Sabur Batcha, who breached quarantine rules and sparked the Sivagangga cluster, was fined RM12,000 and sentenced to five month’s jail for four counts of breaching quarantine.

Previously, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok accused Khairuddin of taking a personal trip to Turkey without undergoing mandatory quarantine upon his return but instead turned up in the Dewan Rakyat on July 13.

Sources close to the minister reportedly said Khairuddin tested negative for Covid-19 upon his return, and Turkey was a “green” country at the time.

However, Covid-19 has an incubation period of up to 14 days, and the number of cases reported in Turkey during Khairuddin’s visit calls these claims into question.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry is investigating the allegations against Khairuddin.

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