Masidi: Sabah views seriously video of men drinking beer at quarantine centre

KOTA KINABALU (Jan 19): The Sabah Health Department (JKNS) views seriously the video clip showing a number of people drinking beer at the Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) in the state which went viral on social media recently.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, who is also the state’s spokesperson on matters related to COVID-19,  said the JKNS will not hesitate to take stern action against any of the department’s staff if they were found involved in the case.

“Disciplinary action can be taken against them under the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993 [P.U.(A)395/1993].

“The management of the PKRC involved has started conducting spot checks on every bag brought by patients into the centre to prevent a recurrence of the incident,” he told the daily media conference of COVID-19 situation in Sabah, here yesterday.

The viral video lasting more than 10 seconds showed a man having a conversation with another individual while holding a can of beer. Also visible were two buckets containing cans of beer (pictured).

Masidi said the JKNS, with the cooperation from the police, was still investigating the incident and the police did not rule out the possibility that the alcoholic drink was brought in by the man himself or with the help from the PKRC staff.

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