By Jack Lapidus
A VIDEO of Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg having his body temperature taken while his officers and bodyguards were exempted has gone viral on social media.
The 20-second video which appeared to be taken at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching has been ridiculed by netizens, many of whom sarcastically wanted to know where to purchase this ‘special thermal scanner.’
Rudy Chaw on Facebook wrote: “Super temperature scanner made in Sarawak? I want to buy. How much ha?”
Melvin Tan on the other hand, commented on Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen’s Facebook: “YB Can help ask him where we can buy this super scanner?”
One Jackson Adios sarcastically posted: “Wao, he shows everybody whoever near him, no one can get coronavirus because he is chief minister Swak, he confirmed everyone near him is fine. Damn coronavirus so afraid of him. He got immune system, everybody come to him, it will be fine, I assure you 100%.”
However, not everyone sees finds the video funny though as Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believed that the person who viral the video has bad intention.
“Security protocol SOP differs between CM’s entourage and CM himself.
“After reaching Tingkat 22 where CM’s office is sited…CM walks straight to office but all these officers have to go through exactly the same process at the ground floor,” he replied in a WhatsApp message to the media.
Abdul Karim explained that as the Chief Minister’s bodyguards, their attention cannot be distracted by having to go through the scanning of body temperature process.
“That’s how Security Protocol SOP of CM or PM (Prime Minister) is done.
“Actually…even before they report for duty in the morning…they firstly have to undergo all these checks first.
“Public won’t know and videos like this will make it look bad for CM,” he said.