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“Violating SOP is not a crime” PM Ismail said in response to calls for Hishammudin to resign

Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Datuk Seri Hasni Mohammad and MIC President Tan Sri Vigneswaran Sanasee were spotted attending the Johor MIC Brigade Launching Ceremony in Johor on Sunday (13 February).

Both can be seen wading through a massive crowd of people who stood shoulder to shoulder, disregarding the SOP for physical distancing.

As a result, the Health Ministry had issued compounds to these political leaders involved.

However, Malaysians were impressed with this punishment and asked for his resignation. “How much would the compound be for him anyways… just resign, that’s the right thing to do.”

Since then, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has dismissed calls to for his Cabinet member to resign following a breach of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP).

He added that the violation of the SOP by the senior defence minister is not considered a crime.

Source: The Star

“It’s not a crime. A compound has been issued by the Health Ministry. Many government officers violated the SOPs; do they then need to hand in their resignation?” he was quoted saying by Astro Awani.

Following the statement made by Ismail Sabri, netizens now wonder what the point is of having SOPs if it isn’t a crime.

“If that’s the case, don’t implement SOPs,” a netizen said.

“That’s what we mean by a double standard.” another netizen said.

“The PM is teaching leaders to break the law.” another commented.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri reassures the public once again that the concept of double standards does not exist when imposing compounds to those who violate the SOPs and that regardless of one’s status, every offence will be weighed equally. 

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