Melaka police still investigating Awie over alleged Covid-19 SOP violation, no fine issued yet


PETALING JAYA: Melaka police are still investigating a case involving Malaysian rock legend Datuk Ahmad Azhar Othman, better known as Awie (pic), for allegedly violating Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) recently.

Melaka state OCCI chief Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said the matter is still under investigation with the singer yet to pay any fine.

“We are in the midst of recording statements from several other individuals and will submit the investigation papers to the public prosecutor once completed.

“It is up to the public prosecutor to decide if it will be compounded or not, ” he said when contacted on Monday (May 10).

ACP Sukri’s clarification comes after reports that Awie’s manager Mubarak Akhtar admitted to the SOP violation and the willingness of the singer to pay the fine.

“We made a mistake and flouted the SOP, we admitted it and will pay the fine, ” Mubarak said in a short recording sent to the media on Sunday (May 9).

The investigation came after a police report was lodged over a viral 42-second video purportedly showing Awie and several individuals flouting the recovery MCO SOP while attending a humanitarian mission ceremony at a hotel in Jalan Hang Tuah, Melaka, on April 30 involving trishaw riders.

"The police investigation is being conducted under Section 21A of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and Regulation 18, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Control of Rehabilitation Movement) Regulations," ACP Sukri said.

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