PETALING JAYA: Actress Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor has offered to help pay the RM50,000 fine issued to a burger seller in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
The move comes after she received a lot of criticism from Malaysians online over the disproportionate fine for the burger seller compared with the RM60,000 compound issued against Neelofa and her family over a similar breach of Covid-19 rules.
Neelofa, her husband and 20 of their family members were today issued the compounds for failing to adhere to Covid-19 standard operating procedures including the lack of physical distancing during her wedding celebration, and interstate travel outside the scope allowed by police.
In a series of Instagram stories, the celebrity said her lawyer had contacted the burger seller, who was fined for operating his stall outside his home past 10pm, as well as the police, to get details in order to help him settle the fine.
She also clarified that an earlier picture of a burger that has now been deleted, with a caption expressing her excitement to eat one later in the evening, was not meant as a slight, and that people had misunderstood the post.
In a screenshot, somebody purportedly from her management team said they had already spoken to the police and the burger seller, who had told them he would keep them in the loop.
The two fines caused a stir online today, with many accusing the authorities of practising double standards in enforcement, with “Neelofa” eventually trending nationally on Twitter.
However, Kelantan state police chief Shafien Mamat said in a statement today that police will review the fine issued to the burger seller as well as others in a similar predicament with a view to reducing the fine.
“Kelantan police will review the matter by opening an investigation paper and (we) will call in those who were slapped with the compounds,” he said in a statement.
The hefty fine for the burger seller was also slammed by politicians and industry bodies alike, with Wong Teu Hoon, president of the Malaysia Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors General Association, saying warnings should be issued before compounds are handed down, as “even a fine of RM500 was a lot of money for a roadside peddler.”
Meanwhile, Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan urged authorities to be more compassionate towards those struggling to make ends meet.
“How will he (the burger seller) pay the huge amount? It is a burden for the B40 group,” he said in a statement.
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