KUALA LUMPUR: TV host-entrepreneur Neelofa has been issued a RM20,000 compound for violating Covid-19 standard operating procedures during her recent wedding ceremony.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said Neelofa, whose full name is Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor, was issued the compound for failing to practise physical distancing.
"The compound is also for breaching interstate travel regulations by taking part in activities not permitted by police. No discount will be given for the compound," he said on Tuesday (April 27).
ACP Mohamad Zainal said Neelofa's husband, Muhammad Haris Mohd Ismail, or commonly known as PU Riz, was issued a RM10,000 compound for breaching interstate travel regulations.
"No discount will be offered as well," he added.
He also said that 20 of Neelofa and PU Riz's relatives were issued with a RM1,500 compound each, totalling RM30,000.
"The compounds were for failing to practise physical distancing during the wedding ceremony," he added.
ACP Mohamad Zainal said that the investigation papers for the case were returned by the Attorney General's Chambers on Monday (April 26) with the decision to compound those involved.
On April 4, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said that Neelofa and her husband would be called in to give their statements over viral pictures and videos of them spending time in Langkawi.
He said the images and footage uploaded on the couple's social media platforms appeared to show breaches of standard operating procedures (SOP).
"Her (Neelofa) presence together with her husband went against the SOP and we will take action.
"For cases like this, the proper police SOP is to open an investigation paper and she will be called in for a statement," he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian.
Additionally, it had been reported that attendees of the March 27 wedding did not follow the Covid-19 SOPs and an investigation was underway on the alleged breach.
mStar, The Star’s Malay portal, followed up on the matter and learned that the police had taken statements from the newly-weds.
Family members of the couple who attended the wedding also aided in the police investigation.