Kedah chief minister’s visit to car dealer prompts police probe into possible lockdown violation

Ford dealer at Juru Auto City. Photo: Ford SDAC Juru Auto City/Facebook
Ford dealer at Juru Auto City. Photo: Ford SDAC Juru Auto City/Facebook

Kedah Chief Minister Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor is expected to give his statement to the police today over allegations that he violated the movement control order rules by going for a test drive on Saturday.

Central Seberang Perai police chief Shafee Abd Samad said five individuals have already given their statements on the matter. The investigation was being conducted under Section 269 of the Penal Code and Rule 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, or Act 342. Going to the car dealer is not allowed during the ongoing movement control order. 

“Investigation papers will be quickly referred to the deputy public prosecutor once all statements are recorded and investigations are completed,” he was quoted as saying by local news portals.

Social media has been buzzing over the weekend after a woman took photos of Sanusi and his two aides at a Ford dealership in Auto City in Juru, as the chief minister apparently went on a test drive.

One of Sanusi’s aides has since denied a test drive took place and said the entourage had merely stopped to take a look at a car Sanusi chanced upon while stopping to buy takeaway food on his way to Kuala Lumpur. However, some social media users have pointed out that there was no eatery within the vicinity. 

The woman who posted the photos of a man resembling the chief minister, Nini Siron, 36, said she saw the chief minister and his aides as she and her husband were on a visit to the RM2 store next door. 

They saw a familiar face – a man who appeared to resemble Sanusi – with two other men and a Ford salesman, entering a blue Ford Ranger Raptor bearing Sime Darby and test drive livery. Sanusi and his entourage returned after about 15 minutes.

Nini said she was certain the person she saw was Sanusi, as he had briefly taken off his face mask before wearing it again.

Since sharing the images, Nini said she has been receiving hate messages on social media, including on her husband’s business page where he promoted Honda cars as a salesman. The page had to be deactivated after his mobile number and pictures of his customers were circulated. 

Politicians and activists have also thrown their support for Nini, with Marina Mahathir saying the attacks was an act of cowardice as Nini was merely pointing out the double standards. DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said his party would provide free legal service to Nini and others who are victimised for criticising the government and its leaders.

Nini said she lodged a police report on the incident the same day, with a video she took from her mobile phone as evidence.

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