Malaysian actor Syafie Naswip furious at production crew for violating SOP resulting in spread of virus on set


Syafie Naswip urged film productions to not take SOP lightly for the sake of everyone on set. Photo: mStar

Malaysian actor Syafie Naswip was left enraged at a production crew for violating the standard operating procedure (SOP) on set amidst the pandemic.

Syafie had to be quarantined at a hotel in Perak after it was revealed that one of the crew members on set of the upcoming drama Hidayah Ustaz Viral had tested positive for Covid-19, and he had been in close contact with.

"While all the actors complied with the SOP in place before entering the set, some of the crew members did not receive their complete doses and had infected others," an upset Syafie told mStar, The Star's Malay-language portal.

The 29-year-old further shared that "the infection is believed to be caused by a crew assistant who had not been vaccinated and spread it to others."

According to Syafie, the crew member had tested positive on Oct 1. Filming was halted for a day for the purpose of getting tested.

What was more distressful to Syafie was to learn that the crew had intended to continue filming regardless of their members being infected.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) had requested for filming to be postponed.

He confirmed that there were a total of seven positive cases on set, one of them being an actor.

On Oct 10, Syafie updated his fans on Instagram that he had finished his 10-day quarantine and shared a video of him completing the Covid-19 tests.

He emphasised that he wanted the production team to be more responsible when dealing with this on-going issue and not taking the SOPs lightly.

"Imagine if filming had just continued, we wouldn't know how many more would get infected," he stressed.

Bernama shared that the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) had sent out a statement reminding all filming protocol supervisors appointed by their respective production companies to ensure that artistes and crew comply with the SOP on set.

The film body's licensing and enforcement division has also opened an investigation paper on the matter.

It stated that the public can lodge complaints by contacting the division at 03-41041300 or sending email to info@finas.my.

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