Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa has been slapped with a RM2,000 fine for violating COVID-19 standard operating procedure (SOP).

This after the Ketereh MP was slammed for tweeting about his visit to former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's house last Saturday (July 10).

"I confirm that he (Annuar) has been issued with a RM2,000 compound notice.

"It is in violation of the SOP," The Star quoted Dang Wangi police chief ACP Mohamad Zainal Abdullah saying.

In the tweet, Annuar said that he and his wife had paid a visit to Abdullah and his wife Tun Jeanne Abdullah at their residence together.

"More than two hours together, and eating lunch made by Tun Jeanne. May Allah always bless Pak Lah and his family," the minister had said in the tweet, which was later deleted following backlash from netizens.

They bashed him for going visiting amid the ongoing movement control order (MCO) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when they have been deprived of the chance to visit their elderly parents for a long time, and questioned if any action would be taken against him for doing so.

Annuar's office has confirmed receiving the compound notice from the police, saying it will be settled "as soon as possible."

This is not the first time the country's politicians have been fined for violating COVID-19 SOPs.

Several others, including former premier Najib Razak, had done the same and paid the price.

Other frequent violators of SOPs in the country include local celebrities.

Source: The Star
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