DG sad over failure to observe SOP by the public


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: Images showing a crowd breaching social distancing rules outside the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex has saddened Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health Ministry, he said, had been reminding Malaysians every day to abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP) of maintaining a safe distance of at least one metre, wearing face masks and frequent hand-washing.

“It is sad to see a situation without self-control,” he tweeted in response to a Bernama posting of a news report about “Parliament members worried about the emergence of a new cluster”.

The report was accompanied by a photograph of people who had gathered outside the court complex where the High Court delivered its verdict on Datuk Seri Najib Razak

in a 1Malaysia Development Bhd-linked corruption trial.

Earlier yesterday, Sentul OCPD Asst Comm S. Shanmugamoorthy said: “We noticed Najib’s supporters began marching in the morning from the Federal Territory Mosque in huge numbers. We warned them to adhere to the SOP such as maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks.

“At first, they did not comply but after a few other reminders, they complied,” he said, adding that no untoward incident occurred.

In the Dewan Rakyat, several MPs raised their concern over the possibility of a new Covid-19 cluster.

The battle against the contagion had yet to be won, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (PH-Ledang) cautioned.

Debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address yesterday, he

said preventive measures must be strictly adhered to in order to stop the spread of the virus.

“There must be self-discipline and we must work together to truly end the outbreak.

“We are not defeated but we have yet to win,” he added.

RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) caused a stir in the House when he accused Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) of putting lawmakers’ health at risk by attending the gathering at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex without wearing a mask.

“There were several MPs present outside the court who were not wearing masks. Some of their photographs are now viral on social media,” he said, singling out the Baling MP.

Abdul Azeez immediately stood up to defend himself.

“I was wearing a mask,” he said, showing the face covering.

Earlier during the proceedings, Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun reminded lawmakers to adhere to social distancing measures both inside and outside of the august Hall.
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