Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, former chairman of public transport company Prasarana Malaysia, has been fined RM1,500 (US$360) for violating COVID-19 procedures during the press conference on the LRT train collision two weeks ago.
In a police statement dated yesterday, Dang Wangi police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said the Pasir Salak Member of Parliament had breached the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 by failing to wear a face mask. Instead, Tajuddin was wearing a face shield at the press conference on May 25, where he also told the media not to “provoke” him or “sensationalize” things when queried on certain issues, drawing criticisms from various quarters over his insensitive and rude remarks.
Klang MP Charles Santiago had called for Tajuddin to be sacked, citing his insensitive comments at the press conference.
“This man must be sacked immediately for not just lacking empathy but for failing to do his job,” he said online.
Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng said Prasarana’s response to the LRT collision, which left 213 injured, was “disturbing” and left a lot to be desired.
“It lends urgency for politicians to be replaced as chairmen by competent and qualified professionals capable of doing a proper job,” Lim said.
An online petition urging Tajuddin to step down also went viral, amassing close to 140,000 signatures before his termination was confirmed. He is also being investigated for alleged corruption.
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