Former Malaysian PM Najib fined for breaking virus rules – fr

Former Malaysian PM Najib fined for breaking virus rules – fr

Kuala Lumpur (AFP)

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak, who was convicted of the massive 1MDB scandal, is again in trouble with the law – this time for breaking coronavirus rules at a restaurant.

He was fined 3000 ringgit ($ 730) for failing to check in at the restaurant or have his temperature taken, police said.

This follows images on social media showing the ex-prime minister flouting the rules in March at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that sells a traditional dish of chicken and rice.

While Najib still denies any involvement in the 1MDB fraud, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in prison, he was quick to admit his crime at the restaurant.

The 67-year-old, who remains on bail while he appeals the conviction of 1MDB, used the incident to highlight other cases in which politicians allegedly broke the rules.

This is an incident in which ministers allegedly traveled to another part of the country to attend a wedding.

“Myself and the man in the street are under investigation by the police and fined by the government,” Najib said on Facebook after the sanction was announced Thursday night.

“But I don’t know (if it will happen), if government ministers are breaking the rules. “

The restaurant owner was also fined 10,000 ringgit for failing to ensure that Najib complied with the regulations.

Last month, Najib revealed he was threatened with bankruptcy for allegedly failing to pay more than $ 400 million in taxes, which could see him lose his seat in parliament.

He was convicted last year in the first of several trials he faces for the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Billions of dollars were stolen from the investment vehicle and spent on everything from expensive artwork to real estate, a scandal that contributed to the fall of Najib’s government in 2018.

Malaysia is facing a growing viral epidemic and this week introduced new borders to Kuala Lumpur and several other regions.


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