PETALING JAYA: After drawing public flak, former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has admitted to breaching Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) during a Ramadan event in Langkawi.
The Langkawi MP, in apologising for flouting SOP, also said he is ready to face action over the May 8 event at Surau Tsunami Batu Arang, Kuala Teriang, Kedah.
“On May 8, I went back to Langkawi for several programmes giving out Ramadan and Aidilfitri donations in my Parliamentary constituency.
“I was informed that during that event, I flouted SOPs by not scanning my temperature when I entered the surau.
“That is an offence and it should not have happened. I apologise for not abiding by the SOPs. I will face action according to the relevant laws," he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 12).
Dr Mahathir said Covid-19 is a serious disease and it should not be taken lightly by anyone.
“SOPs must be abided by at all times no matter who the person is, because it will help us to stem the spread of this disease.
“This must not be taken lightly. Once again I apologise for flouting this rule.”
Previously, former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak was also spotted flouting SOP during a visit to a chicken rice stall.
In response, he paid the RM3,000 fine on Tuesday (May 11) and asked if Dr Mahathir would do the same.
In a video clip that made the rounds on social media, Dr Mahathir is seen with his entourage entering a surau without scanning his temperature.
He is seen removing his shoes near a temperature scanner and counter before heading towards the surau and sitting down inside.
A host is heard reminding the audience to abide by SOPs to curb Covid-19.