Prove you didn’t violate quarantine SOP, minister told

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PETALING JAYA: A Perak assemblyman has challenged youth and sports minister Ahmad Faizal Azumu to present evidence that he did not breach the mandatory quarantine period after returning to Malaysia last Thursday.

Hulu Kinta rep Muhamad Arafat Varisai Mahamad said it was impossible that the health ministry would shorten the quarantine period of an individual, unless the person requested for it.

“Anyone can make claims. So, if it is true that there was no violation of the quarantine period, then Faizal needs to show proof from the health ministry with a confirmation letter,” he told FMT.

Arafat said the people have a right to know because they are confused on why the quarantine SOP for overseas returnees can change according to their whims and fancies.

“Actually, each individual returning from abroad must go through mandatory quarantine for seven days but Faizal was seen meeting people after five days.

“Tomorrow if any member of the public follows his footsteps, don’t be angry and take action,” he added.

After being criticised for his presence helping flood victims in Banting, Selangor yesterday, Faizal explained that he did not violate the mandatory quarantine SOP after returning from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Tambun MP said he followed all directives from the health ministry regarding the quarantine.

Arafat, who is also Perak PKR information chief, said Faizal’s actions in violating the quarantine when cases of the Omicron variant are increasing in and out of the country, was irresponsible and showed a lack of concern for the people’s welfare.

Meanwhile, it was reported that health minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the former Perak menteri besar had served his quarantine period accordingly after returning home from his trip overseas last week.

Arafat is one of the PKR leaders who shared a mock “reward” poster recently, offering RM1,000 for help in locating Faizal, defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein, environment and water minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, and deputy communications and multimedia minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin.

He claimed they “disappeared” during the devastating floods that hit several states in the country.

It has since been reported that Tuan Ibrahim and some of his family members had tested positive for Covid-19 and they were undergoing quarantine.

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