Restaurant owner in Sivagangga cluster jailed 5 months, fined RM12,000

The 57-year-old man, wearing a pink wristband, sitting in his shop. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The owner of the nasi kandar restaurant linked to the Sivagangga cluster has been jailed for five months and fined RM12,000, Bernama reported a deputy public prosecutor as saying today.

According to the health ministry, the Sivagangga cluster originated in Napoh, Kubang Pasu, after an Indian man with permanent resident status in Malaysia disobeyed a quarantine order imposed on his return from a visit to Sivagangga, a town in Tamil Nadu.

Four mukims in Kubang Pasu were placed under targeted enhanced movement control order with the restaurant closed and sealed until the end of the month.

The 57-year-old man was seen at his shop on Hari Raya Haji with a pink wristband, where his picture was then uploaded onto Facebook.

A consumer group and several other NGOs in Kedah are also planning to sue the owner.

As of yesterday, there were 134 Covid-19 cases in Kedah, with almost half from the Sivagangga cluster.

The virus has reportedly spread to Penang and Perlis with 125 and 30 cases, respectively.

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