ministers violating SOP
Ismail Sabri Yaakob

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – Only the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the local authority (PBT) can issue compound on individuals who violate the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, anyone found to have flout the SOP can be fined regardless of their position.

“If there is a violation, the police can take actions on the Minister or Deputy Minister or anyone else.

“Recently, a RM2,000 fine was issued to a minister, so, many people sent me Whatsapp messages on why I did not take any action.

“The action is under the jurisdiction of the police, in the form of execution, act monitoring and arrest. They are all under the police and agencies given the power by the MOH,” he said in a news conference after launching the MinDef Prihatin programme today.

Ismail was answering the media on the statement of Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar who confessed that some ministers have violated the SOP.

The Minister of Science and Technology also said that the irresponsible act had destroyed the credibility of the Full Movement Control Order (MCO) implemented in the country.

Last week, the Minister of Federal Territories, Tan Sri Annuar Musa was issued the RM2,000 fine for failing to adhere to the SOP. The matter was verified by the Dang Wangi District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Zainal Abdullah.

When asked about the action that would be taken by the authorities on the interstate travel activities by the people, Ismail Sabri said that the enforcement actions are under the jurisdiction of the police.

“Now, they have tightened the roadblocks. Many have been ordered to turn back yesterday.

“The police are stricter now as the Hari Raya Aidiladha is tomorrow. However, the police would announce the house-to-house monitoring,” he added.

Earlier today, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said that the people can no longer use the approval letter from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to travel interstate beginning today until next Wednesday.

The action is taken to avoid the people from misusing the letter to make interstate travel for Hari Raya Aidiladha. – MalaysiaGazette

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