PUTRAJAYA: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob says Deputy Health Minister Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and Perak executive councillor Razman Zakaria were only fined for disobeying the movement control order (MCO) as they had merely breached standard operating procedures (SOP).
Although noting that no one is above the law, Ismail said elected representatives are allowed to move about during the MCO period to hand out aid to their constituents.
“Maybe they failed to observe social distancing, and action was taken,” he said at his daily briefing here, responding to criticism by social media users who compared the punishment given to the duo with the treatment received by others who violated the MCO.
Noor Azmi and Razman were fined RM1,000 each at the Gerik Magistrate’s Court yesterday for breaching the MCO after photographs showed them attending a lunch event at a religious school in Perak.
However, social media users claimed double standards, saying others were imprisoned for similar offences.
Speaking today, Ismail said the two were charged under a different section of the Penal Code which carries a maximum fine of RM1,000.
“Some of the offenders who were jailed were imprisoned not only for breaching the MCO, but for other offences under the Penal Code including obstructing civil servants from carrying out their duties and resisting arrest.
“There were those who rammed into roadblocks, injuring policemen, which is why the punishments meted out were different,” he said.
“It has nothing to do with having two different standards, as some are trying to portray it.”
He said police had nabbed 643 people last night for breaching the MCO, 576 of whom were remanded and 67 released on police bail.
To date, 21,749 people have been nabbed for breaching the MCO.
He also revealed that 17,440 people are undergoing quarantine at 226 centres nationwide.
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