YB Hulk among two VIPs investigated for allegedly not wearing face masks in public

MELAKA: Melaka police are summoning two VIPs to assist in investigations for allegedly not wearing face masks in public.

Melaka Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department chief Asst Comm Beh Eng Lai said investigation papers have been opened under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations (No:8) 2020.

“The investigation was initiated following a police report lodged by Kota Laksamana assemblyman Low Chee Leong on Monday (Oct 26), ” he said on Tuesday (Oct 27).

On Monday (Oct 26), Low had lodged a report against Melaka agriculture, agro-based, entrepreneur development and cooperatives committee chairman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee for not wearing a face mask when he went around to meet traders at a flea market at the Tun Fatimah jetty at Jalan Lekiu here on Sunday (Oct 25).

Low accused Norhizam, dubbed YB Hulk after a video clip of him in a heated exchange made the rounds in October 2018, of violating the standard operating procedure (SOP) of wearing a face mask when visiting public areas during the recovery movement control order (MCO).

He also lodged a police report against a community leader with the title of "Datuk" from Bandar Hilir, also for not wearing a face mask at a public area on Saturday (Oct 25), based on a picture he obtained from a news report.

Low and Norhizam were in the same Pakatan Harapan-led state government before Norhizam crossed-over to Perikatan Nasional when the administration changed in March following political turmoil.

The two have turned political foes since Norhizam’s defection to the current administration.

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