By Chew Lip Song
EX-PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak has called on the government to charge Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali for allegedly breaching home quarantine rules.
Taking to his social media, Najib, who himself faces a slew of corruption charges said he was fed up with opposition leader Lim Kit Siang constantly picking on why Khairuddin had not yet been charged.
Charging Khairuddin was a way to deflect criticisms from Lim who had put up “tens of postings” on this subject on the latter’s social media, Najib added.
“Let the court decide if he (Khairuddin) is guilty or not and what punishment he deserves if so. I am made to understand that the Health Ministry or the Immigration Department had overlooked in issuing him with the quarantine order.
“If he loses the court case, he can still appeal,” Najib added.
Khairuddin had created a storm after he violated quarantine rules after returning from Turkey on July 7 by attending Parliament and events in his constituency, Kuala Nerus.
The issue was brought to light by his predecessor and DAP lawmaker Teresa Kok.
Khairuddin was fined RM1,000 on August 7, and has said he would donate four months’ salary to the government’s Covid-19 fund.
Opposition MPs and the public have criticised the punishment as “double standards”.
Khairuddin has caught flak from social media users, with a petition calling for his resignation started.
Many pointed out how Khairuddin had got away when a nasi kandar restaurant owner in the Sivagangga cluster was sentenced to five months’ jail and fined RM12,000, while a woman photographed wearing the pink quarantine wristband at a Perak eatery got a day’s jail and an RM8,000 fine.
This was made worse when PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a televised address to the nation yesterday said that there’s no double standards in implementing Covid-19 SOPs.