The Serdang district police have confirmed that they are investigating Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) director-general Datuk Dr Husaini Omar for alleged violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) at an Aidilfitri event held at a public university on 13 May
In a statement earlier today, 16 May, Serdang district police acting chief Supt Mohd Rosdi Daud said that the investigation was initiated after receiving a report following an article published by a news portal.
According to the statement, the article was published on Malaysia Dateline on 15 May.
The article claimed that Dr Husaini violated the SOPs while he was participating in an event on the first day of Aidilfitri with students and management of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), the statement said.
Photos from the event showing the MOHE DG have gone viral
According to an article on Utusan Malaysia dated 13 May, Dr Husaini was present during the event held earlier the same day at the UPM campus in Serdang.
The below photo by Utusan Malaysia shows him in a lavender Baju Melayu with a light-coloured samping.
In one of the other photos carried by the news portal named in the Serdang district police statement, Dr Husaini is seen sitting around a table with two other people, believed to be UPM students.
Supt Mohd Rosdi acknowledged the photos that showed guests and students.
"The programme involved the presence of undergraduates and management staff and pictures were uploaded on social media," he said in the statement.
The investigation is being conducted under Regulation 17 P.U (A) 225/2021 (Violation of Movement Control Order SOPs)
If found guilty, a compound of RM2,000 can be imposed on visitors and RM10,000 on the organisers.
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Earlier this month, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was fined for flouting the COVID-19 SOPs on 19 March: