Quizzed for three hours

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  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (pic) was questioned for three hours at Bukit Aman on Thursday, along with three of his family members.

When met by reporters in Slim River yesterday, Khairuddin expressed satisfaction with the investigation and urged the people to allow the police to do their job.

On his trip to Turkey, Khairuddin, who is the Kuala Nerus MP, said it was a “half-work” trip.

“It was a semi-formal trip where I negotiated a project in Terengganu.

“We also had meetings with industrial players in Turkey along with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council to discuss the possibility of exporting palm oil,” he said, adding that at least 300,000 tonnes of palm oil would be exported to Greece and some countries in the Balkans via a hub in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Bukit Aman CID deputy director Deputy Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the questioning took place from 8.30pm to 11.30pm.

“We have recorded Khairuddin’s statement along with several other witnesses pertaining to his violation of the mandatory quarantine after his return from Turkey last month.

“We will see whether he needs to be questioned further, depending on the investigation,” he said yesterday.

Police also recorded Khairuddin’s statement at the Parliament building on Wednesday.

DCP Mior Faridalathrash said that officers from Bukit Aman CID’s Special Investigation Unit took Khairuddin’s statement.

The Health Ministry compounded Khairuddin RM1,000 on Aug 7 for breaching the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations (Measures Within the Local Infected Areas), Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act.

Last Saturday, Khairuddin said he would forgo his salary from May to August as an act of remorse for violating the 14-day quarantine ruling.

In a statement, where he apologised to all Malaysians, he said he would donate the money to the national Covid-19 fund under the Health Ministry, following widespread criticism for skipping his quarantine upon returning from Turkey.

Khairuddin’s violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine came to light when it was raised in the Dewan Rakyat on Aug 18 by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.

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