IPOH: The six matriculation students who were issued compounds for failing to adhere to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) will not be compounded, says Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin.
The Perak Health Committee chairman said the decision was made after the students appealed and discussions were carried out with the state health department.
"During a meeting with the Kampar health officer and the Perak Health department director, we decided not to compound the students, and the case has been declared closed.
"The students are from poor families. Therefore, we believed that this is the best decision as it won't burden them," he told reporters during his visit to the Selama health clinic Tuesday (Apr 27).
On April 19, a photograph of six students issued compounds for violating Covid-19 SOPs had gone viral.
The tweet by @NabilAmirul4 has been retweeted more than 30,000 times and garnered the attention of several notable figures including Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Mohd Akmal also hoped the issue wouldn't be prolonged.
"The students are currently taking their final exams and we don't want to disturb them.
"We also hope that this will be a lesson to all to follow the SOPs," he said.