Did a federal minister breach the MCO?

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By Chew Lip Song

THE Malaysian cyberspace is abuzz with talk that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed could have breached the Movement Control Order (MCO).

In a Twitter post dated Apr 11, which has since been deleted, Mustapa had posted two pictures of him with his Jeli constituents with the accompanying text: “Alhamdulillah able to go back to Jeli to visit the people. Have not returned for three weeks.”

Twitter user @patricklsk posted a screenshot of the post before it was deleted. The post has since been re-tweeted over 1,500 times.

Many of the comments had questioned why the Minister was able to travel despite the MCO. User @syahrilrizal responded to the post, “If you want the people to listen to instructions, leaders must also do the same.”

Another user, @AhmadFaezuddin said: “Wait for the ministerial cluster. Will be cursed for seven generations.”

Some were more sympathetic. User @myusoffanuar said Ministers or welfare workers need to be on the ground to keep track of what’s happening there, otherwise they’d be accused of not doing work.

Under the MCO, only essential travelling is allowed, such as to buy food, seek medical treatment or for work in sectors allowed to operate.

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