SEREMBAN: Police have started a probe into allegations that TV host-entreprenuer Neelofa had failed to put on a face mask when she attended a hearing at the Magistrate's Court here.
Seremban OCPD ACP Mohd Said Ibrahim said a police report had been lodged on the matter.
"A Kosmo Online report went viral on Thursday (May 20), claiming that Neelofa, who had her niqab on, did not wear a face mask when she was at the Magistrate's Court.
"We have received a police report claiming that she had failed to adhere to the Health Ministry's standard operating procedures which applies to all individuals," he said.
ACP Mohd Said said the matter was being probed under section 269 of the Penal Code and Rule 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations (conditional movement order) 2021.
He said prior to this, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had also said that Muslim women wearing a veil must wear a face mask underneath.
Dr Noor Hisham also said Malaysian authorities were following the World Health Organisation's recommendation of wearing a three-ply face mask, a single layer offers insufficient protection.
ACP Mohd Said said the National Security Council had also made it compulsory for face masks to be worn in public areas from Aug 1.
Neelofa, 32, whose real name is Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor and her 26 year-old husband Muhammad Haris Mohd Ismail were charged at the Magistrate's Court here on Thursday with breaching the conditional movement control order.
The couple pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to scan their details via the MySejahtera application or register manually before entering a carpet shop located at the Nilai 3 Industrial Area at 4pm on May 2.
Muhammad Haris also claimed trial to another charge of failing to wear a face mask in a public place at the same place and time.
They were charged under Rule 19 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations (conditional movement order) 2021, which provides a fine of not more than RM50,000, jailed not more than six months or both, upon conviction.
On April 27, Neelofa was issued a compound for failing to practise physical distancing during her wedding ceremony and for breaching interstate travel regulations by taking part in activities not permitted by the police.
She was fined RM20,000, while her husband was issued a RM10,000 compound for breaching interstate travel rules.