Netizens React After “No Further Action” Taken Against Minister Who Allegedly Breached Quarantine

Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed (source: Malay Mail)

A short clip from a press conference held by Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed today has been circulating social media platforms.

Many netizens had a negative reaction to the video, especially on Twitter, as the content resonated with previous claims of double standards between politicians and citizens when it came to punishment for breaking SOPs – which led to the trending of #RakyatJagaRakyat earlier this month.

In the video, Huzir said that the investigation into Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali’s alleged breach of quarantine orders after coming back from Turkey has been classified as no further action (NFA) by the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

Watch the clip here: 

According to Malay Mail, Huzir explained that this was because Khairuddin was not issued a home surveillance order (Form 14b) under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342).

“In the investigation paper that has been referred to the attorney general, the instructions for this case are NFA [no further action]”, he urged.

In case you missed it, Khairuddin, who is also a PAS central committee member, was heavily criticised by many parties for failing to comply with the SOPs set by the authorities, in particular defying the quarantine instructions for returnees from abroad.

Despite being fined RM1,000 over the incident, Khairuddin initially insisted he did nothing wrong by failing to observe the mandatory 14-day quarantine and described the matter as a procedural error.

He later issued an apology, but only after days of intense public pressure, according to Malay Mail. In his apology, he claimed it was an oversight and said he would donate his salary as a minister from May to August 2020 to a national fund for Covid-19.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (source: The Star)

When the video of Huzir stating that “no further action” would be taken was posted online, many netizens got riled up and called it double-standard. Check out what they had to say: