Syed Saddiq: "Special Treatment" Towards Politicians Caused COVID-19 Cases To Spike

At the time of writing, #KlusterMenteri and #PoliticiansPuncaVirus are trending on Twitter.

Cover image via Mukhriz Hazim/Malaysiakini & Firdaus Latif/Malay Mail

Former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has attributed the double standard in Putrajaya's treatment towards politicians and citizens to the spike of COVID-19 cases lately

The Muar Member of Parliament's (MP) public censure came after Malaysia had on Thursday, 1 October, recorded 260 COVID-19 cases — the second-highest jump in numbers over a single day since the pandemic reached Malaysia.

In a series of tweets, Syed Saddiq said, "Because of 'special treatment' we are facing a new wave of COVID-19. 260 new cases!"

He said he had taken a COVID-19 test upon returning from Sabah and the result came back negative.

Despite that, the 27-year-old said he will comply with the directive to undergo self-quarantine for 14-days as a preservative measure — a practice that he claims other politicians are not following.

Syed Saddiq practising home quarantine at home following his return from Sabah.

Image via @syedsaddiq (Instagram)

"There is still no action taken against the deputy minister who went on holiday to Turkey and did not quarantine," he said

"Politicians returning from Sabah are not quarantined because they are stubborn."

"Double standard! If the Movement Control Order (is implemented again), they will go on leave, while Malaysians will be deprived of work indefinitely."

He also posted the hashtag #EmpatBelas, urging politicians to quarantine for the sake of rakyat

At the time of writing, hashtags such as #KlusterMenteri, #PoliticiansPuncaVirus, and #RakyatJagaRakyat are trending on Twitter with 69,000 tweets collectively.

Image via Twitter

Read Syed Saddiq's tweet here:

Keep practising physical distancing and wash your hands often. Watch the latest update on the COVID-19 situation:

Malaysia recorded 260 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, 1 October, with the majority of cases reported in Sabah and Kedah:

Previously, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali was fined RM1,000 for flouting home quarantine after returning from Turkey on 7 July:

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