The free chicken distribution event organised by Putrajaya UMNO Youth on 14 January did not have approval as it was held during the Movement Control Order (MCO) that is in place from 13 to 26 January, according to Putrajaya district police chief ACP Mohd Fadzil Ali
In a statement issued today, 16 January, ACP Mohd Fadzil said that checks by police showed that not only was the free chicken distribution event held without approval from the authorities, Putrajaya UMNO Youth had also failed to comply with COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).
According to him, the free frozen chicken distribution event was done via a drive-through concept which resulted in traffic congestion and crowding of many people at the location.
"The results of the police inspection found that physical distancing was difficult to implement among the attendees and the SOPs were failed to be complied with by the organizers and the public present," he said.
Prior to this, Putrajaya UMNO Youth vice-chief Mohd Zushaidey Zulkifli had claimed that the division had obtained the necessary approvals from the National Security Council (MKN) and the police.
A compound was issued to the organisers for violating MCO SOPs
"Compound fines have been issued to the organisers under Section 22(B) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988," ACP Mohd Fadzil said without mentioning the amount.
He assured that police would not compromise with any individual in enforcing the law during the movement control restrictions and advised people to always comply with the instructions issued by the government for the purpose of curbing and breaking the chain of COVID-19 infection.
"People who have any information or inquiries can channel it by contacting the Kuala Lumpur Police Hotline at 03-2115 9999 or any nearby police station," he added.
Thousands of residents showed up at the event, during which some 2,000 chickens were announced to be distributed outside an animal shelter in Presint 9, Putrajaya. Photos of the event went viral: