COPS – CONFUSED OR NOT, IT’S TIME TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER – IN PENANG, FOR ALLOWING A MASSIVE CROWD TO PERFORM AIDILADHA PRAYERS IN CLEAR BREACH OF SOP – YET GO AFTER GIRLFRIEND OF MAN WHO WARNED ABOUT ‘EMPTY VIAL’ AT VACCINATION CENTRE – WILL THOSE WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT ‘EMPTY INJECTIONS’ BE NEXT TO BE INVESTIGATED RATHER THAN THE HEALTH WORKERS?

Penang police chief told to explain SOP violation during Aidiladha prayers

Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin said Penang police chief Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain has been asked to explain how the SOP violation could have happened as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic.A 22-second video, which has gone viral, showed more than 200 foreigners gathered near the surau to perform the special prayers this morning.

“The state police chief has been asked to provide a detailed explanation on the duties assigned to his men to ensure the SOP is not breached, especially during Hari Raya Aidiladha,” Hamzah said in a statement.

Earlier, Shuhaily apologised to Penangites for not preventing the incident.

He said police are now looking for more than 200 foreigners for violating the SOP.

Shuhaily told reporters that the foreigners performed the prayers on the road after the surau management refused to let them in as there was not enough space.

He said the surau committee did not break the law and had abided by the SOP.

“It happened spontaneously, and we are investigating this,” he said.

“We also want to apologise for not preventing this from happening.”

Penang recorded 460 new Covid-19 infections yesterday, taking the cumulative total in the state to 39,756 since the start of the pandemic. TMI

Police dismiss vaccine recipient’s claims, probe partner’s tweets

Police have dismissed allegations about discrepancies during a man’s vaccination process at the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre.

They are now investigating the man’s girlfriend under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) for tweeting about the July 17 incident.

In a statement today, Kajang district police chief Mohd Zaid Hassan said his team had concluded that the incident had been a “misunderstanding”.

“And the recipient was satisfied.

“This was a misunderstanding whereby the man thought he had been injected with a blank vaccine but in actuality, he was injected with the Sinovac vaccine,” he posted on the district police headquarters’ Facebook page.

The man in question, who only wanted to be identified as Ariff, previously told Malaysiakini that he was shown an empty vaccine vial when at the vaccination station.

After he began staring at the empty vial, he said the vaccinator apologised and reached for a new vial before administering a dose on him per standard operating procedure.

He was suspicious and concerned because the vaccinator allegedly did not explain why she had shown him an empty vial in the first place.

Zaid said he received a report from the PPV denying tweets alleging Ariff had almost received a blank jab but allegedly none from the latter.

When contacted, Ariff clarified that he did in fact lodge a police report defending his account of events at the Pandan Indah police station yesterday evening (July 19).

Malaysiakini has sighted the report.

Investigating girlfriend’s tweets

Following Ariff’s experience last Saturday, his girlfriend had tweeted about how he was “almost scammed” by a blank jab and cautioned the public to ensure they received full doses of the vaccine.

Her tweets were widely read and shared, prompting a reply from the authorities.

In his statement today, Zaid said the police had investigated the tweets under Section 233 of the CMA.

The section concerns the improper use of network facilities or a network service. Upon conviction, one is liable for a maximum RM50,000 fine, one year jail or both.

One is also liable for a further RM1,000 fine for every day the offence continues after conviction.

“The case has been investigated by the police under Section 233 of the CMA and the investigation found that the tweets were made by the vaccine recipient’s girlfriend. This caused (the incident) to go viral and caused negative perceptions in society.

“The public is advised to be careful when making any statements when they are unsure of the truth. Especially for sensitive issues like vaccination.

“This will prevent misconceptions or skewed views from society, which can cause worries and disrupt public order when it comes to vaccination issues,” Zaid said.

Malaysiakini has contacted Zaid regarding the status of this CMA investigation.  MKINI

Cops deny claims on empty syringe incident at BACC vaccination centre

The police have denied the claims that a man was injected with an empty syringe at the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC) vaccination centre (PPV) on Saturday.

Kajang district police chief Mohd Zaid Hassan said the allegation was due to a misunderstanding, and the individual had received the Sinovac vaccine.

He said investigations found that the staff of the vaccination centre had contacted the man and explained the procedure of vaccination to him and the individual was satisfied with the information.

“Police did not receive any report from the man or any related individuals on the claims of being almost duped when receiving the vaccine at the PPV,” he said in a statement today.

According to Zaid, the BACC official only lodged a police report on July 19 to deny such an incident had occurred.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Zaid said the investigation revealed that the tweet was made by the recipient’s girlfriend which went viral and received negative responses from netizens.

He also advised the public to be cautious when making statements or creating posts that have not been verified, especially those involving the vaccination programme.

In a separate incident, Sentul district police chief Beh Eng Lai said police have recorded statements from health personnel and other witnesses on allegations of being injected with empty syringes at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) vaccination centre in Kuala Lumpur on July 17. 

“We have received a report and the personnel or individuals involved will be called to assist in the investigation,” he said when contacted today.

Yesterday, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) in a statement said it was investigating several allegations of empty syringes being administered at vaccination centres in Kedah, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor which went viral recently. – – Bernama

THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT / BERNAMA / MKINI

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