M’sians angry at minister for not observing quarantine

PETALING JAYA: There was outrage on social media when it emerged that a minister did not undergo the 14-day home quarantine after he returned from a trip to Turkey.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (pic) was criticised for not going through the quarantine, following news that some recent Covid-19 cases were linked to those who had violated quarantine rules.

Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman took to Twitter to criticise Mohd Khairuddin, saying that leaders must lead by example.

“Following this incident, those who are wearing pink wristbands can use the excuse when returning from overseas to not quarantine themselves: ‘The Minister can do it, so why can’t I? I am negative!’” said the former minister yesterday.

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil called for Mohd Khairuddin to be made accountable for his action.

“If everyone who returns from overseas has to undergo a 14-day quarantine, why does the minister not have to follow the Health Ministry’s instructions to self-quarantine for 14 days? Why is there no ‘pink wristband’ like everyone else?

“Are there two sets of laws? One for ministers, one for the ordinary rakyat?” he said on Twitter.

People also expressed indignation on social media.

“As an MP, he should lead by example. Why the special privilege? All should be treated fairly,” said Facebook user Lim Sarah.

Another Facebook user, Herbert Yeap, said the minister should be fined and that everyone was equal in facing justice in court.

Tiger Sam said support should be given to the efforts by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

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