PETALING JAYA: The past has come back to haunt Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali after an earlier post he shared criticising a fellow quarantine breaker re-emerged.
The Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister was chided when he did not comply with the 14-day quarantine rule himself after returning from Turkey.
On Aug 4, Khairuddin had criticised the index case of the Sivagangga cluster for failing to comply with Covid-19 home quarantine rules after returning from India.
"It started with one person, two people then now it has increased to more than 20 people that is enough to shock the nation.
"What is the cause? The failure to comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP). Again. The failure to comply with the SOP," he had said on his Facebook post which was attributed to one Faisal Mustaffa.
On Tuesday (Aug 18), Seputeh MP Teresa Kok claimed in the Dewan Rakyat that Khairuddin had visited Turkey in an unofficial visit until July 7, but did not undergo the 14-day quarantine rule after returning to the country.
Kok claimed that Khairuddin had then attended Parliament a week later.
Malaysians on social media too have been outraged at the perceived double standards being accorded to the minister, questioning whether there were different sets of laws for ministers over the ordinary citizens.
On Wednesday (Aug 19), Sinar Harian reported that Khairuddin would be issuing a statement regarding his recent trip from Turkey.
A source close to the minister explained that Khairuddin was given a special Covid-19 test when he returned from his trip and the results were negative.
“The special test was to enable the country’s leaders who go in and out of the country, including on personal matters, to undergo the test swiftly," the source was quoted by Sinar Harian as saying.
The Jitra Magistrate's Court sentenced the index case of the Sivagangga cluster to five months' jail and a fine of RM12,000 after he pleaded guilty for defying the home quarantine order.
The consequence from the Sivagangga cluster had spread out of Kedah to two other states - Penang and Perlis.