KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and MIC president Tan Sri S. Vigneswaran will receive compound notices for breaching Covid-19 regulations during a political event in Johor today, Khairy Jamaluddin said.
The health minister said he also told enforcement officers to issue a compound notice to caretaker Johor mentri besar Datuk Seri Hasni Mohamed over the Johor MIC Brigade launch that all three attended in Iskandar Puteri, Johor.
Saya telah mengarahkan pegawai @KKMPutrajaya untuk keluarkan kompaun kepada DS Hishammuddin, DS Hasni, TS Vigneswaran, pemimpin utama yang hadir & penganjur di bawah Akta 342. @KKMPutrajaya akan terus pantau SOP sempena PRN Johor. https://t.co/ULngJMCZKSAdvertisement— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) February 13, 2022
“I have ordered health officers to issue compound notices to Datuk Seri Hishammuddin, Datuk Seri Hasni, Tan Sri Vigneswaran, major leaders and organisers under Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act),” he said on Twitter.
“The Health Ministry will continue monitoring the SOP during the Johor state election.”
The minister also appended a video news report showing the political leaders and attendees crowding together at the event in apparent violation of the physical distancing rules still in place for public spaces.
After the event, Hishammuddin acknowledged “weaknesses” in SOP compliance at the MIC event but said he attended as a guest and did not have prior knowledge of the arrangements.
“But as I said — wrong is wrong. No one is above the law including myself and this should serve as a lesson for us all,” he said on his personal Twitter account.
Last month, Hasni triggered a premature state election in Johor after his control of the state assembly fell to a single seat following the death of Kempas assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian.
The Election Commission has set nomination for February 26 and polling on March 12.
However, the dates will coincide with the projected peak of the Omicron wave currently sweeping the country.
Today, the Health Ministry reported 21,072 new Covid-19 infections or nearly four times the 5,566 cases from the start of the month.