KUALA LUMPUR – The component party of Barisan Nasional (BN), MCA questioned why the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali could be issued the RM1,000 compound for violating the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342] but the authorities claimed that he did not break any rules.
The spokesperson of MCA, Chan Quin Er said that Mohd Khairuddin had travelled overseas, which was clearly stated in the government’s order where all tourists who enter the country from abroad falls under People Under Surveillance (PUS) and must undergo the 14-day quarantine.
“We cannot jail the common rakyat for breaching quarantine while Ministers get off due to ‘technical errors’.
“There can be no ‘dua darjat’ for we all are equal before the law,” kata Quin Er.
Meanwhile, she also questioned if a person only becomes a PUS if authorized officer literally ‘orders’ a person to undergo quarantine.
“It has been made clear in multiple government circulars that ALL incoming individuals entering Malaysia from abroad is a PUS (unless otherwise exempted), and must be subjected to compulsory quarantine orders.
“You do not only become a PUS upon being given a copy of Form 14B; you become one when you enter, or re-enter Malaysia from abroad.
“If Dr Khairuddin falls under any exemption from compulsory quarantine, the authorities must be able to point out which.
“Otherwise, this sets a dangerous precedent where any PUS the authorities forgot to issue Form 14B to can breach quarantine without consequences,” she said.
Mohd Khairuddin had visited Turkey on 3 July and returned to Malaysia on 7 July.
Upon reaching Malaysia, he did not undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine like other people returning from abroad as instructed by the government.
The Member of Parliament of Kuala Nerus was issued a RM1,000 compound on 7 August for violating the order.
Yesterday, the Attorney-General’s Chamber (AGC) had decided a No Further Action on the leader from PAS as there was no strong evidence to build the charge. According to the AGC, Khairuddin was not given the Form 14B under Section 15 (1) Act 342 for the quarantine order. –MalaysiaGazette