A DAP assemblyperson has apologised after receiving backlash for allegedly violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) during her birthday celebration at a beachside resort in Sepang, Selangor
Young Syefura Othman is the assembly member for Ketari, Pahang.
In an Instagram photo posted yesterday, 9 November, she can be seen having a picnic with four other individuals by the beach.
They are not wearing face masks nor practising social distancing. Moreover, citing the rules set by the National Security Council (NSC), Malaysiakini reported that picnics are banned too.
The photo received criticism from Malaysians online for allegedly violating the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in the state, which stipulated that interstate and interdistrict travel is banned.
The photo has since been deleted.
In a tweet last night, Young Syefura apologised for her actions, but added that she did not use her position as an assemblyperson to travel across states
"I apologise if my actions are against COVID-19 SOPs. I did not use any privilege as an elected representative to move within Selangor, where I reside," she wrote.
"I am willing to be investigated by the authorities if my actions are against COVID-19 SOPs. Thank you."
At the time of writing, 'Ketari' is trending on Twitter, with many netizens calling for her to resign
Some Twitter users also made comparisons to the case involving Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, who also violated MCO rules by not practising self-quarantine after returning from Turkey.
According to Malaysiakini, Young Syefura had on 22 August told Khairuddin to resign for violating MCO rules in a simple tweet that read, "Resign lah!"
Two months later, she criticised Khairuddin again for not wearing a face mask in public.
Tweeting at the time, the Ketari assemblyperson said, "Pity the minister who doesn't have a mask. I have many in all sorts of colours. Want any?"
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After more than three months of investigation, the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) concluded that no further action will be taken against Khairuddin who violated MCO rules in July: