Group lodges police report against govt for allegedly mishandling national Covid-19 pandemic response


PETALING JAYA: A grouping of activists and Opposition lawmakers have lodged a police report against the Perikatan Nasional administration for allegedly failing to properly manage the Covid-19 crisis in Malaysia.

Led by lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, the group lodged a report at the Travers police station against Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and other relevant ministers.

Saying that close to a million people have been infected with Covid-19 so far, the group called for more accountability from the government.

Among the issues outlined in the report were not enough early testing carried out, insufficient information shared by the government, the treatment of migrant workers, and not enough resources given to hospitals early.

"This involves the lives of Malaysians and they must take this very seriously," Ambiga said after lodging the report on Sunday morning (July 25).

The report was made under Section 269 and Section 304 (a) of the Penal Code.

Section 269 deals with a negligent act that could spread an infectious disease and if found guilty, offenders could get six months' jail, a fine, or both.

Section 304 (a) deals with punishment for causing death by negligence, and those found guilty could get two years' jail, a fine, or both.

Together with Ambiga were activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, lawmakers Fahmi Fadzil, Hannah Yeoh, Dr Kelvin Yii, Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman, Charles Santiago, Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis and Maria Chin Abdullah.

As of Saturday (July 24), Malaysia recorded 996,393 cases of Covid-19 and 7,902 deaths since the outbreak began early last year.

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