Govt event organiser fined RM1,000

KUALA LUMPUR: The organiser of the 100-day Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia event has been fined RM1,000 for violating Covid-19 physical distancing rules.

The four-day event from Dec 9, which was organised by the Shared Prosperity Delivery Unit (Sepadu) of the Prime Minister’s Department, was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

“It was supposed to showcase the 100-day achievements of the government but it had been marred by the organiser’s failure to abide by the SOP, and the visitors’ failure to follow the SOP,” said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said the organisers had been issued with a RM1,000 compound under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act.

“RM1,000 is the maximum fine allowed under the Act,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Images of big crowds at the event with people standing close to one another had been circulated online.

“What happened was very regrettable and disappointing (especially since) the organisers previously made a commitment to ensure that the programme would be organised under tight SOP compliance with continuous observation, management and enforcement,” Khairy said.

Khairy said the hosting of such an official government event should have set the best example and be a benchmark for other agencies, including non-government bodies and the public; not just in terms of implementation but also in terms of SOP adherence and rules set.

He warned that the Health Ministry would monitor the event closely.

“We would not hesitate to issue further compounds against the organiser,” he said.

As a government, he said: “We should set an example and show the best practices to the society. We must uphold the standard that we expect of the public,” he added.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Nation

Off-duty fireman save woman from leaping off Penang Bridge
MACC completes probe on Mohd Nazlan
Protect interest of agricultural food entrepreneurs in AP abolition, says Muhyiddin
Police, AADK urged to monitor vape use among school students
Pejuang in talks with all parties in Sabah over possible cooperation ahead of GE15
Don't turn rice aid into a political issue, Johor Umno deputy chief tells Opposition
Former Bugaya assemblyman will contest in GE15 if the people want him to
Authorities to take action over spread of Syiah teachings via Quran apps, says Hamzah
Bukit Aman stepping up ops to catch drug lords
Johor-born SEA Games medallists to be rewarded by state, says exco member

Others Also Read