Kabilan K: Nezar Mohamed Sabur Batcha is a restaurant owner. He breached Covid-19 quarantine rules and sparked the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah.
For that, he was jailed for 5 months and fined RM12,000 for four counts of breaching quarantine.
There is also a woman in Perak who was jailed for a day and fined RM8,000 for flouting her home quarantine to have breakfast with her family in a restaurant.
And we have Khairuddin Aman Razali. He is our Plantations and Commodities Minister. He recently went for an unofficial visit to Turkey for four days, a country that has had more than 250,000 Covid-19 cases and 6,061 fatalities in total.
The good minister, however, did not undergo the mandatory 14 days of quarantine as stipulated by the government.
Why? Because it seems he had tested negative for Covid-19 upon his return, and Turkey was a “green” country at the time.
Points to note:
1. Covid-19 has an incubation period of up to 14 days.
2. A look at the number of cases reported in Turkey during his visit is definitely alarming — more than 5,600 new Covid-19 cases and 93 deaths were reported in Turkey from July 3 to 7, the time of his visit.
Worse still, the minister turned up in the Dewan Rakyat six days after his return from Turkey, putting all his fellows MPs at the risk of infection. No wonder some of them were livid!
So, will he be punished just like the other flouters? As it stands, there is a police report against him for breaching the quarantine rules, following which the Health Ministry is investigating the allegations against Khairuddin.
Kabilan K is a writer with more than 27 years of experience.
This is the writer’s personal opinion and does not reflect the portal’s views.