By Chew Lip Song
THE RM1,000 fine imposed on Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali for breaching quarantine rule is the maximum allowed under the Home Surveillance Order, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
Responding to outrage on social media over the slap on the wrist against the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Dr Noor Hisham said the police are still investigating the matter.
The Health DG said this on his Twitter account yesterday when asked why Khairuddin had only been fined RM1,000.
The Health Ministry’s announcement yesterday that Khairuddin had been fined RM1,000 drew widespread criticisms on the Internet, as many felt the punishment did not commensurate with the offence, especially since it involved a minister.
Earlier, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok had claimed that Khairuddin did not undergo the 14-day quarantine rule after returning home following an unofficial visit to Turkey.
Kok had also expressed fears that Khairuddin could have spread the Covid-19 virus to thousands if he had been tested positive as he had attended various meetings and functions since the return.
Last week, a nasi kandar shop owner from Kedah who breached home quarantine was jailed five months and fined RM12,000. He is believed to be the index case for the Sivagangga cluster which was linked to at least 45 Covid-19 positive cases.