TANJUNG MALIM: Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir confirmed that his daughter and son-in-law were among the 29 people who were arrested earlier for violating the recovery movement control order (MCO).
The Jerlun MP said he was thankful for the fair and just handling by the police in the case.
''It is true that my daughter and son-in-law were brought to the police station together with 27 others for violating the recovery MCO.
''According to the police statement, all of them were fined RM1,000 each for the offence and they have all paid, '' he said after attending a meet-and-greet session together with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and settlers at Felda Besout 3 in Sungkai on Thursday (Aug 27).
Also present was Dr Mahathir's wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.
Mukhriz also congratulated the Malaysian police for their professionalism in following the law and order while issuing the compounds without any discounts.
''Should there be discounts, Tun (Dr Mahathir) and I may be said to have intervened in police matters by asking for a leeway for my daughter and son-in-law.
''I'm thankful the compounds were not raised because it would have been a victimisation for the both of them, '' he added.
Mukhriz said he was disappointed that it happened despite having advised his family to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) during the recovery MCO period.
''I'm disappointed because it still happened. And since advice was given, they deserve to be fined, '' he added.
When asked if his daughter was intoxicated as claimed by some quarters, Mukhriz, who is the president of the newly formed Parti Pejuang Tanahair (Pejuang), said he would not comment anything outside of the police statement.
When asked if the incident would hamper the party's effort in campaigning for Independent candidate Amir Kusyairi Mohd Tanusi, he said it was not an issue at all.
''There are many other issues out there that could affect the chances of Barisan Nasional's candidate.
''But we do not raise them, '' he said.
On Thursday, Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim had refuted claims of double standards in handling cases involving the daughter of a VIP who had allegedly violated the recovery MCO.
At around 1.20am on Aug 22, a police team raided a pub in Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur and detained 20 men and nine women who were believed to be customers and allegedly stayed beyond the permitted time allowed under the recovery MCO.
They were fined RM1,000 each.