Minister fined RM1,000 for breaching quarantine

Khairuddin had gone to Turkey for an unofficial trip. – Malay Mail photo.

By Chew Lip Song

PLANTATION Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali has been fined RM1,000 for breaking the 14-day quarantine rule upon returning from Turkey.

The Health Ministry in a statement today said Khairuddin returned from his trip on July 7 when he had his first nasopharyngeal swab taken. The results came back negative for Covid-19, as did his second and third tests.

The statement added that Khairuddin had failed to comply with Act 342, and was compounded RM1,000. He has since paid the fine.

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 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.

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