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Deputy Health Minister And Perak Exco Walk Away With RM1,000 Fine For Violating MCO

Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and Razman Zakaria arrived at court at 9.20am on Tuesday, 28 April.

Cover image via Sharul Hafiz Zam/New Straits Times

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and Perak state executive councillor (exco) Razman Zakaria have been fined RM1,000 each for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO)

Dr Noor Azmi, who is also Bagan Serai lawmaker, and Razman, who is chairman of the state Education, Human Resource Development, NGO, and Civil Society Committee, both arrived at Gerik Magistrate Court in Perak at 9.20am today, 28 April, reported Bernama.

The two, as well as 15 other individuals, pleaded guilty for breaching the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 and were fined RM1,000 each, according to Sin Chew Daily.

All defendants were seen wearing face masks.

However, the Magistrate's rule will not revoke Dr Noor Azmi's status as a Member of Parliament

According to Article 48 of the Federal Constitution, the disqualification of an MP only applies to a sentence of more than one year's jail or a fine of more than RM2,000.

Image via Sin Chew Daily

On 17 April, Dr Noor Azmi posted photos of himself and Razman dining with a group of people at a tahfiz school in Lenggong

Image via Malay Mail

Calls for the authorities to take action against the duo emerged after the public found out that they did not practise social distancing based on the photos, reported Malaysiakini.

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and UMNO vice president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin criticised Dr Noor Azmi and other government leaders for breaching the MCO in plain sight.

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On Monday, 27 April, Perak police chief Datuk Razarudin Husain told media that Dr Noor Azmi and Razman will be charged in court:

Perak Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu has previously said that he will not fire his staff for breaching the MCO:

Here are other top-brass Perikatan Nasional leaders who were caught violating the MCO: