More celebs and VIPs fined

SHAH ALAM: More celebrities and VIPs who breached the Covid-19 standard operating procedure have been compounded as police are taking such violations seriously.In the latest incident, popular singer Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin and her husband Datuk Seri Khalid Mohamad Jiwa were slapped with a RM10,000 fine each for breaching the SOP during the tahnik ceremony for their second child.

Tahnik is an Islamic ceremony of welcoming a newborn baby by touching his or her lips with honey, sweet juice or pressed dates.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri along with Ustaz Azhar Idrus, Ustaz Don Daniyal and Ustaz Iqbal were also issued a RM2,000 compound each.

“The three sons of the celebrity couple were also issued a RM2,000 fine each.

“We received a police report on May 3. Investigations into the breach were completed and referred to the public prosecutor’s office.

“They decided to issue a fine to the offenders for failing to maintain physical distancing during the ceremony, ” Comm Arjunaidi told a virtual press conference yesterday.

According to an online news portal, Internet users expressed their dissatisfaction over the breach of SOP by the couple at their residence in Bukit Antarabangsa.

Star-studded event: Siti Nurhaliza and Khalid with (starting second from left) Iqbal, Don and Azhar at the tahnik ceremony earlier this month. — Photo taken from Siti Nurhaliza’s Instagram pageStar-studded event: Siti Nurhaliza and Khalid with (starting second from left) Iqbal, Don and Azhar at the tahnik ceremony earlier this month. — Photo taken from Siti Nurhaliza’s Instagram page

Following this, police took action and carried out an investigation under Rule 19 of the Prevention

and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations.

“Several pictures were posted with the article showing the attendance of a number of VVIPs and a renowned religious preacher at the ceremony.

“The article also stated that the VVIPs and a preacher were from outside of Selangor and had attended the ceremony without an interstate travel permit, ” Ampang Jaya OCPD ACP Mohamad Farouk Eshak was quoted as saying in the article.

Separately, Comm Arjunaidi also said celebrities Norman Hakim and his wife Memey Suhaiza along with Abby Abadi and her husband Muhammad Faizal Zakari had been issued a RM2,000 compound each for committing similar SOP violations during the recent Hari Raya celebrations.

He said the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) decided the compounds should be issued following a probe.

This came following several photos of the celebrities celebrating Hari Raya together, which went viral.On another matter, Comm Arjunaidi said police had wrapped up investigations involving a Selangor executive councillor, who allegedly breached the SOP during the recent Hari Raya celebrations with his family members.

The investigation paper will be handed over to the DPP for further action.

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