PH MP warns of Covid-19 cluster from courthouse crowd

Najib Razak’s supporters outside the Kuala Lumpur court complex today.

KUALA LUMPUR: An opposition MP expressed concern today over the large crowd at the court complex where former prime minister Najib Razak received his verdict in the SRC International corruption case, saying it could spark a new Covid-19 cluster.

“We see a gathering in front of the courthouse. We are worried that there will be a new cluster as the crowd is not controlled,” Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (PH-Ledang) told the Dewan Rakyat.

He also said preventive measures should have been taken to ensure the safety of the people there.

“(This is) to stop the spread of the virus,” he said, adding that Malaysia had not yet beaten Covid-19.

Najib was at the High Court here for the verdict of his seven corruption charges relating to RM42 million belonging to SRC International.

Supporters of former prime minister Najib Razak gather outside the court complex in Kuala Lumpur.

He entered the court grounds on foot from Masjid Wilayah, surrounded by thousands of supporters who had gathered from as early as 7am.

It is understood that some from the Barisan Nasional grassroots had been there since 5am.

Dressed in blue and red, they chanted slogans such as “hidup Bossku” (long live Bossku) and “kita sayang Bossku” (we love Bossku), and shook hands with him as he made his way to the court.

Later in the day, RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) also raised the issue of health safety, stating that some MPs who attended court and who are now in parliament were not wearing masks.

He said the MPs included Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling).

Azeez stood up and said he was wearing a mask.

Rayer asked if the Parliament SOPs on Covid-19 were followed as those who returned from the courthouse might be endangering the health of others in the house.

Deputy speaker Azalina Othman Said told Rayer to bring the matter up with the speaker and she would refer it to the chief administrator of Parliament as the house was in the midst of a debate.

But Rayer insisted that the matter involved the health of everyone in the house. “He (Azeez) is here (in Dewan Rakyat). Isn’t it important to look after our health?”

Azalina said the matter was under the jurisdiction of Parliament security.