A recent snippet of news reporting about a Malaysian teenager being fined for not wearing his face mask correctly went viral online. In the clip shared by Twitter user @abamihsan, the poor fellow was seen breaking down in tears!
Disheartened by this, many netizens slammed the authorities and questioned the government’s compulsory face mask order by raising the issue of several politicians breaking the rule while in public. Even Syed Saddiq echoed the same sentiment.
Saya faham yang PDRM hanya menjalankan tugas menjaga undang2
But this is not fair!
Anak muda yang sekadar buka mask sekejap disaman, tapi VVIP yang bergambar di tempat sesak langsung tak dikenakan tindakan.
Kita sesama manusia. Perlu ada belas ihsan. Compassion. https://t.co/PDvQdeKO1u
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) August 9, 2020
The Muar MP wrote on his Twitter, “I understand that the PDRM is only carrying out their duty of keeping the law. But this is not fair! A young man who just opened his mask for a while was summoned. But VVIPs who were pictured in crowded places don’t have to face any consequences.”
“We are fellow human beings. There needs to be compassion,” Syed Saddiq further added in his tweet. The tweet has gained over 40,000 retweets as at time of writing, with many social media users agreeing with the former Youth and Sports minister’s point of view.
Check out what some of the enraged members of the Twitterverse had to say about this:
Polis pon takkan la sampai berkeras sangat nak bagi saman. Kesalahan budak ni takdak la berat sangat. Dia pakai tapi letak kat dagu kejap je kot. Takkan la tak ada timbang rasa langsung. 😔
— Pa Alif Hamzah Ta (@SyafaatNasir) August 8, 2020
kenapa terlalu cepat nak saman ye? @PDRMsia tak da consideration langsung ke? what about vvip yg some of them tak jaga sop pun. pakai mask bawah dagu. this is not fair. being strict is good but if you understand and nasihatkan dulu would be better. 1k is material to some people. https://t.co/i3GXIlccZB
— NurHusnAzhar (@unaa94) August 9, 2020
Steadylah polis. Yang kat tempat tak sesak macam ni, yang miskin, kau pergi saman. Orang kaya kau buat tak nampak. Steady! https://t.co/1CLhHNNSOq
— Chairman GLC (@aizadfahmy) August 8, 2020
Kedaulatan undang-undang antara dua darjat pic.twitter.com/DVQAZc3u0T
— Fahmi Reza (@kuasasiswa) August 9, 2020
Watch the full news report here:
In the video, the teenager told the reporter that he lowered his face mask to his chin for a moment because he was feeling itchy. However, the police refuted his claims by saying that the public often come up with the same excuse.
They further added that the rules stated that face masks should be worn at all times especially in crowded public places.