PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Enforcement action against those who defy mandatory quarantine orders is carried out by enforcement agencies such as the police and not the Health Ministry, says Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood (pic).
The Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Public Health said the Health Ministry could only ensure the public complied with regulations issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 (Act 342).
"Act 342 is clear. The ministry's job is to issue instructions and ensure that the public obeys them.
"If anyone does not follow the instructions, the ministry will submit the problem to a lawyer or the police to take action," she said before participating in a cycling event organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation here on Sunday (Aug 23).
She said this when asked to comment on criticism on social media users who expressed dissatisfaction with the Health Ministry for not taking action against Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali for failing to comply with the mandatory home-quarantine after returning home from Turkey on July 7.
The Health Ministry, in a statement Saturday (Aug 22) said a compound of RM1,000 was issued to Khairuddin on Aug 7 for breaching the regulations.
Dr Jemilah added that the ministry had done a good job in controlling Covid-19 in the country.
"Now all Malaysians have to play their role by maintaining physical distance and wearing face masks. We can win, ” she said.
Asked about a Covid-19 vaccine, Dr Jemilah said the vaccine would need to prevent all types of Covid-19 as the virus causing it was mutating.
On the cycling event, Dr Jemilah said cycling was a good activity to prevent non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases. – Bernama.