Yesterday (25 July), a group of 7 Members of Parliament (MP) and 2 activists have filed a police report against the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Federal Government Ministers for allegedly failing to manage the Covid-19 crisis in Malaysia.
The incident was reported to have taken place at around 11.30 a.m. at Travers police station and was being led by lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan. The group is demanding help from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to investigate the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and other relevant ministers for their negligence in handling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The MPs who jointly lodge the police report include:
- Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh
- Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil
- Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii
- Sepanggar MP Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman
- Klang MP Charles Santiago
- Kota Belud MP Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis
- Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah
On the other hand, the 2 civil society activists, Datuk Ambiga Sreneevasan and Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir were also present.
The group said that there are close to a million people who are being infected with Covid-19 so far and they wanted more accountability from the PN government.
They also highlighted the issues such as not enough close contacts and screening tests, insufficient information shared by the government, the treatment of migrant workers, and not enough resources given to hospitals early.
“This involves the lives of Malaysians and they must take this very seriously.” Ambiga said during an interview after lodging the report yesterday (July 25).
According to Marina Mahatir, the PN ministers have failed to adhere to the SOPs that was imposed on all Malaysians. “We were proud last year because the outbreak was controlled, but now we are ashamed as we cannot handle it well.” she said.
“This is because the leaders themselves do not follow the health policies properly, and they do not listen to health experts’ advice in controlling the outbreak.” she added.
In addition, the low number of vaccination in Sabah despite the state having the second highest population in Malaysia in 2020 and the lack of synchronisation of SOPs between the federal and state authorities had contributed to the Covid-19 spread in the nation.
Meanwhile, the report was being lodged under Section 269 and Section 304 (a) of the Penal Code, where Section 269 deals with a negligent act that could spread an infectious disease and if found guilty, offenders could get six months’ jail, a fine, or both, and Section 304 (a) deals with punishment for causing death by negligence, and those found guilty could get two years’ jail, a fine, or both.
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Watch the full interview here: