30 Aug Photos of a man shopping for groceries with a sick toddler while wearing a quarantine band have sparked controversy
Photos of a man in Penang, who flouted quarantine to go purchase food, have been circulating on social media
In the pictures, the man can be seen waiting in his car while wearing a white wristband issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for those ordered to undergo the Home Surveillance Order (HSO).
Besides that, there is also a toddler in the passenger seat of the car, wearing a fever patch on their forehead.
According to Harian Metro, the man was driving a Proton Saga and the photo is believed to have been taken at a drive-thru fast food restaurant in Bagan Ajam, Seberang Perai. After the photo went viral, authorities launched an investigation into the matter.
North Seberang Prai district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor told Berita Harian that police have identified the individual in the photographs.
He said, “MOH staff are carrying out an investigation on the man before taking further action.”
Meanwhile, photos of the father sparked an online debate.
While some netizens argued that his actions are deemed irresponsible and may put people at risk of COVID-19 infection, others sympathised with the man.
One person said, “People like this is why cases will not go down. Yet we’re being careful not to go out except for urgent matters.”
Adapted from Says