We have probably heard too many times over the past few weeks of cases of Malaysians who have been flouting their home quarantine upon returning to Malaysia.
Some of them caused or formed a new cluster; some were fined and some were even given jail time.
However, it seems that one minister managed to ‘escape’ his home quarantine that caused a massive backlash amongst Malaysians – Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali.
First test negative
The Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister apparently went to Turkey on 3 July and came back to the country on 7 July.
According to Harian Metro, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who is also Khairuddin’s predecessor, raised concerns when he appeared in parliament on 13 July, just a few days after his return.
A source close to Khairuddin confirmed that the minister had taken the COVID-19 test upon his arrival, but it came out negative.
“He will address this issue himself in the nearest time,” the source said.
The matter has left not only Malaysians, but also other politicians, outraged as the minister managed to evade or be exempted from the mandatory 14-day home quarantine.
Under the National Security Council’s SOP, anyone returning to Malaysia must undergo the quarantine even if their test results are negative, while those tested positive were sent straight away to the hospital for treatment.
No one should be above the law, so we’re curious if any action will be taken against the minister.