Under the current CMCO, the SOPs have loosened up a bit. Having said that, the public is still not allowed to travel interstate unless it’s for valid reasons.
Still, there are some people who failed to comply to the rules and were proud enough to display it on their public social media accounts, as shared by this Twitter user known as Chachimi (@snhkimy).
A netizen uploaded a few screenshots of an IG Story posts by a social media influencer using the moniker @datininaz, or Inaz. She recently took to her Instagram to share a few tips and tricks on how to manoeuvre the travel interstate rule (by using honeymoon as an excuse). “Insta-famous and stupidity are two inseparable things,” Chachimi commented.
As revealed by this so-called “Instafamous” personality, she had booked the vacation spot for her honeymoon with her husband since last December. “If the cops at your place are rather strict, you have to be smart enough (in order to escape the roadblock),” Inaz shared.
She further added, “Meanwhile, the police at my place asked: ‘You’ve been waiting for quite a long time, are you guys newlyweds? Sure can, can. You’re heading to a private place, right? Or are you guys going to a kenduri (banquet)? That’s not allowed.'”
In responding to an IG user who was curious about the excuse she used, Inaz clarified, “It all depends on the officer on duty, If he’s not in the right mood, you might not get away. But everything is back to normal already. The highway was already busy anyways. As long as you adhere to the SOPs.”
The posts in turn has sparked quite an uproar among local netizens. Most of them slammed the couple over their insensitive traits. Moreover, this came amid the current situation where many are unable to return to their respective hometowns in lieu of Chinese New Year and Qing Ming (ritual prayers for the departed).
“It feels good travelling interstate just to go for a honeymoon. Others out there are in tears because they aren’t able to cross the state to see their family,” one commentator replied to chachimi’s post. Check out other reactions that we found online here:
Presumably to avoid from being attacked by local keyboard warriors, Inaz and her husband have since set their social media accounts to private mode.
Update (Tuesday, 23rd March):
Early this week, Harian Metro reported that the police have called the couple to give evidence on the case. According to the Wangsa Maju District Police Chief, Superintendent Ashari Abu Samah, the thorough investigation found that there were doubts based on the statements provided by the two individuals.
Furthermore, the police official added that the “instafamous” duo will be be compounded up to RM10k for giving false statements regarding the reasons for applying for interstate travel permit. Feel free to read the police’s full statement below: