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AGC Decides Not To Charge Neelofa As 60,000 M'sians Call For Her To Be Jailed

The online petition titled 'SOP Violations: PDRM, Jail Neelofa Immediately' was only started a day ago.

Cover image via Harian Metro & Change.org

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The Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) has decided not to impose charges against celebrity couple Neelofa and her husband, PU Riz, for flouting the Movement Control Order (MCO) earlier this month

According to Malay Mail, the couple was charged in the Seremban Magistrate's Court yesterday, 20 May, for crossing interstate to visit a carpet seller in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan on 2 May.

The TV personalities were also both charged with failing to scan their details via MySejahtera before entering the premises, while PU Riz was additionally charged for not wearing a face mask.

Their MCO offences were revealed after the carpet seller uploaded their shopping trip on Facebook. The photos quickly went viral and came under fire as the couple had already flouted MCO standard operating procedures (SOPs) repeatedly this year.

They, however, both pleaded not guilty to the most recent charge.

Image via Harian Metro

The AGC's decision to not carry out the charges was said to be made based on findings and police investigations of the case

"The issue of crossing state borders involving Neelofa and her husband was not brought to court after evaluations that were done by the AGC," said Nilai district police chief Supt Mohd Fazley Ab Rahman today, 21 May, as quoted by Berita Harian.

"Evaluations and the subsequent decision was made based on witness statements obtained."

Neelofa and her husband, PU Riz, at the Seremban Magistrate's Court on Thursday, 20 May.

Image via Bernama/Berita Harian

Meanwhile, over 60,000 Malaysians with different sentiments have signed an online petition calling for Neelofa to be jailed instead

The petition titled 'SOP Violations: PDRM, Jail Neelofa Immediately' was started by an anonymous user called 'Stop Double Standards' on Change.org on Thursday, 20 May.

It appealed for more severe action to be taken against the celebrity for repeatedly violating COVID-19 SOPs and listed the many instances she disregarded the nationwide MCO, for which only one was she taken action against.

Among the offences listed were the starlet's 200-guest wedding to PU Riz at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, crossing state lines to Langkawi for their honeymoon, crossing state lines to Nilai in Negeri Sembilan to shop for carpets, and most recently, she was alleged to have held a family gathering at her home on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

"Based on these repeated offenses, we urge the government of Malaysia and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for Neelofa to be imprisoned immediately and without compromise as a clear sign that the government does not practise double standards regarding the law when it comes to VVIPs and celebrities!" the petition said.

Image via Change.org

It is alleged Neelofa and her family had a family gathering on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri while home visits were strictly prohibited throughout the country:

In March, Neelofa and 20 other family members were fined for failure to implement physical distancing measures during her wedding: