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Najib Fined RM3,000 For Flouting SOPs At Eatery While Its Manager Slapped With RM10,000

Prior to being fined, the former prime minister had owned up to not following the SOPs amidst widespread public outrage and had promised to pay the fine.

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Today, 6 May, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was fined for flouting the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) at Restoran Nasi Ayam Hainan Chee Meng in Bukit Bintang on 19 March

Najib was given a RM3,000 compound for two offences, each amounting to RM1,500.

On the day of the incident, he did not scan the MySejahtera QR code using his mobile nor record his details, and he failed to check his body temperature before entering the premise.

The restaurant manager, however, was fined RM10,000

The manager, Yeok Wei Hao, was given the RM10,000 compound under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) for failing to instruct Najib to register himself.

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According to Dang Wangi district police chief ACP Mohamad Zainal Abdullah, all those who were involved will be compounded soon

"Police advise everyone to continue complying with the SOPs that have been set by the National Security Council to fight the COVID-19 pandemic," Mohamad Zainal was quoted as saying by The Vibes.

On the day of the incident, the former prime minister was seen being ushered into the outlet without performing any of the required SOPs

Najib owned up to not following the SOPs amidst widespread public outrage.

He took to his Facebook page to admit that he breached COVID-19 SOPs during his visit to the restaurant and urged the authorities to issue him with a fine.

According to him, he was taken into the shop immediately as arrangements were made.

"I admit my mistake this time in not checking in myself although my officers did," the former prime minister wrote in his post, adding that his action was an "unintentional" mistake.

"Usually I'd comply with all SOPs that have been implemented in all my activities and movements. I urge the authorities to issue a summons for my mistake, which was unintentional."

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