Deputy Health Minister fined

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  • Wednesday, 29 Apr 2020

GERIK: Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali has promised to do better after admitting in court to breaching the movement control order (MCO) and being fined RM1,000 for the violation.

The Bagan Serai MP said he accepted the ruling by the Magistrate’s Court here and would be more careful in future.

“It’s all over; I want to thank those who supported and prayed for me.

“I apologise for my mistake and will adhere to the law and judicial system of this country, ” he told reporters outside the courtroom.

Apart from Dr Noor Azmi, Perak executive councillor Razman Zakaria and 13 others also pleaded guilty and were each ordered to pay a fine of RM1,000 in default one month’s jail by magistrate Norhidayati Mohammad Nasroh.

Earlier yesterday, they were jointly charged under Rule 6(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

According to the charge sheet, the accused were found at a Covid-19-infected area for social purposes.

Dr Noor Azmi and Razman had visited the Lenggong Health Clinic to check on preparations to control the disease by the Hulu Perak district health office before visiting a tahfiz in Kampung Luat Lenggong to perform Asar prayers and had a meal with a group of people.

Photographs of the incident on April 17 were then uploaded on Dr Noor Azmi’s Facebook page, but were later deleted after drawing widespread criticism.

Court date: Dr Noor Azmi (centre) and Razman waving to members of the press as they arrive at the Magistrate’s Court in Gerik, Perak.Court date: Dr Noor Azmi (centre) and Razman waving to members of the press as they arrive at the Magistrate’s Court in Gerik, Perak.

Razman, who is Gunung Semanggol assemblyman, declined to speak to reporters and left with Dr Noor Azmi.

Dr Noor Azmi and Razman will not be disqualified as lawmakers.

According to Article 48(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution, an MP is disqualified if the person is sentenced to jail for a term of not less than one year or a fine of not less than RM2,000.

Razman’s position is also unaffected as Section 6(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution’s Eighth Schedule states that the representative will only be disqualified if he is jailed for a term of not less than one year or fined not less than RM2,000 and has not received a pardon.

Lawyer Nor Zahari Ismail represented all 15 accused while Deputy Public Prosecutors Azhar Mokhtar and Mohamad Amri Alfikri Mohamad Dasuki prosecuted.

At a separate function in Ipoh, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said both the Deputy Health Minister and state exco member had already been punished by the law.

“I hope the matter will not be politicised as action has already been taken, ” he said.

Faizal was speaking to reporters after presenting aid to former state football player Mohd Nor Ismail, 38, who is recovering from a stroke at his home in Gopeng yesterday.

Faizal said the court ruling showed that the judiciary was transparent and not biased.

Meanwhile, state PAS secretary Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said there was no need for Razman to resign from his position as the state party commissioner.

Mohd Akmal, who is also a state exco member, said the party had no issues with Razman’s leadership.

“He has pleaded guilty to breaching the MCO but his offence was not a crime that required disciplinary action from the party.

“I believe everyone understands the situation, ” he said.

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