Ismail Sabri: Two politicians fined not over MCO, but for going against SOP

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  • Wednesday, 29 Apr 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The two politicians who were fined were found guilty for breaching a standard operating procedure and not for violating the movement control order (MCO), explains Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.

He said as elected representatives, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and Perak executive councillor Razman Zakaria were allowed to be on duty during the MCO.

"The two are allowed to be on the move to channel aid and look into the peoples' welfare because they are elected representatives.

"There is no double standard here.

"The penalties are different because the charges are different. The two had not followed standard operating procedure (SOP).

"They did noy violate the order," he said on Wednesday (April 29).

Ismail Sabri said the law is fair and those who violate it would have action taken against them, regardless their position.

He said the court had slapped Dr Noor Azmi and Razman with the maximum fine of RM1,000.

On April 28, Dr Noor Azmi, the Bagan Serai MP, Razman and 13 others pleaded guilty and were each ordered to pay a fine of RM1,000, in default one month's jail by magistrate Norhidayati Mohammad Nasroh.

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.

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