All reports of SOP breaches by VVIPs probed, nothing swept under the rug, says CID chief

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  • Wednesday, 31 Mar 2021

NILAI: All reports against VVIPs for allegedly violating Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines are investigated, says Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed.

Dismissing claims that police overlook infringements by VVIPs, he said 12 reports of such breaches were received since the movement control order was first enforced last year and all of them were investigated.

"Some VVIPs were found to have breached the SOPs and were slapped with compounds which they subsequently paid.

"Three cases were NFA (no further action) as our investigations found the individuals concerned had complied with SOPs or were there on official duty," he told reporters on Wednesday (March 31) after officially opening the Nilai district police headquarters.

Comm Huzir said police were still investigating reports on a recent visit by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to the Sendayan Air Force camp; the wedding of Jelebu MP Datuk Jalaluddin Alias' daughter at a hotel in Seremban; and Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin launching a cycling event in Kuala Lumpur.

"We recorded a statement from the hotel management on the wedding on Tuesday night and will probe the matter further.

"As for the minister's visit to the camp, though there have been reports that it was an official one, we will still record a statement from the event organiser.

"And as for the cycling event, although the Brickfields police chief said there was no violation of SOPs, we will record his statement before we wrap up the investigation," he said.

Comm Huzir said the police would act accordingly if there was a clear violation of the SOPs.

On the matter of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak failing to use the MySejahtera app to check in before dining at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Comm Huzir said the probe would be completed soon.

"The case is still with the investigating officer. We have done the necessary and are only waiting to confirm reports that he did not scan his MySejahtera app before entering the restaurant," he said.

In a Facebook post on March 19, Najib admitted he did not do so and was prepared to pay a fine.

On a separate matter, Comm Huzir said police were in the final stages of completing investigations against former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas over the contents of his book My Story: Justice in the Wilderness which is alleged to have defamed and insulted various parties.

"We are still in discussions with the (present) attorney general... we are almost there, almost done," he said.

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