Recently, a video went viral allegedly showing officers of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) fining grocery store workers for 'breaking standard operating procedure (SOP)' by not wearing rubber gloves
In the video uploaded yesterday, 20 January, the PDRM officers, conducting spot-checks on outlets to ensure SOP compliance, were seen accompanied by members of the Malaysian Armed Forces.
One of the PDRM officers is heard asking one of the workers about gloves.
"Where are your gloves? Pull out gloves and wear it now," he says, while a cut in the video shows him listing out their purported offences, “Did not wear gloves, correct? Did not take temperatures, correct?”
The video then cuts to the part about him handing the worker the fine.
The spot-check was conducted at a supermarket in Presint 8, Putrajaya on 17 January.
Several netizens responded with shock and shared how wearing gloves is actually not helpful in preventing the spread of virus
Additionally, there is no such SOP about wearing gloves
After the video went viral, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob used his official Twitter account to comment on the confusion about the situation, saying "no SOP for wearing gloves".
His reply has since gone viral with netizens asking everyone to "bookmark" for reference.
Meanwhile, PDRM has since responded to the issue, saying that the worker was not fined for not wearing gloves, but for not complying with another SOP by failing to register with the MySejahtera app
This was the explanation given by Putrajaya district police chief ACP Mohd Fadzil Ali.
According to Mohd Fadzil, they issued a fine because the employee did not scan with MySejahtera nor did she do manual registration and did not take her body temperature before starting work.
"Her main mistake as an employee, she did not register with MySejahtera or manually and did not take body temperature. I did not even fine for not wearing gloves," he told Kosmo.
He, however, admitted to advising the worker about wearing gloves.
"I only advised the cashier to wear gloves given by her employer because she deals with many customers at the checkout counter. The reason for the fine is not because she did not wear gloves but the video clip seems to show that we fined the employee for not wearing gloves," he added.
He said the female worker was fined RM1,000 on 17 January for violating the SOP.
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