Malaysia ex-PM Najib fined for breaking virus guidelines at an eatery




Former chief was fined an equal of $730 for failing to register at a restaurant or have his temperature taken.

Former Malaysian chief Najib Razak, who has been convicted over the mammoth 1MDB scandal, is in hassle with the regulation once more – this time for breaking coronavirus guidelines in a restaurant.

He has been fined 3,000 Malaysian ringgit ($730) for failing to register on the eatery or have his temperature taken, police stated. The penalty was introduced late on Thursday.

It got here after footage circulated on social media displaying the ex-prime minister flouting the principles in March at a Kuala Lumpur restaurant that sells a conventional hen and rice dish.

Whereas Najib nonetheless denies any involvement within the 1MDB fraud, over which he has been sentenced to 12 years in jail, he was fast to confess his misdemeanour on the eatery.

The 67-year-old, who stays free on bail whereas he appeals the 1MDB conviction, used the incident to focus on different circumstances during which politicians allegedly broke the principles.

These embody an incident when ministers allegedly travelled illegally to a different a part of the nation to attend a marriage.

“Myself and the person on the road are investigated by police and fined by the federal government,” Najib posted on Fb.

“However I don’t know (if this may occur), if authorities ministers contravene the principles.”

The restaurant proprietor was additionally fined 10,000 ringgit ($2,428) for failing to make sure Najib adopted the laws.

Final month Najib revealed he is facing bankruptcy for allegedly failing to pay greater than $400mn in taxes, which may result in him dropping his seat in parliament.

He was convicted final yr within the first of a number of trials he’s dealing with over the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Billions of {dollars} have been stolen from the funding car and spent on all the pieces from expensive paintings to actual property, a scandal that contributed to the downfall of Najib’s authorities in 2018.

Malaysia is dealing with an escalating virus outbreak, and this week launched new curbs in Kuala Lumpur and a number of other different areas.