PAS' Harakahdaily has swung into action amid criticism against its Plantation, Industries and Commodities Minister Khairuddin Aman Razali for skipping compulsory quarantine after returning from Turkey last month amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The party organ published articles pushing a narrative that Khairuddin is a victim of a jealous DAP and despite the onslaught, has carried himself admirably.
One of the articles by Selangor PAS secretary Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir suggested that DAP's Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was jealous as Khairuddin was doing better than her in the Plantation, Industries and Commodities Ministry.
Kok, who was Khairuddin's predecessor at the ministry, had on Aug 18 revealed in the Dewan Rakyat that Khairuddin had allegedly flouted the compulsory 14-day quarantine requirement after returning from Turkey on July 7. Khairuddin attended Parliament on July 13.
"In the five months since taking over the ministry, the people can see how proactive and aggressive the minister has been in carrying out his responsibilities compared to Kok when she held the position for 22 months," said Roslan.
Roslan added that action should be taken if there was a standard operating procedure (SOP) violation but believed Khairuddin had no such intention and was prioritising his duties.
"Don't politicise everything out of jealousy towards the achievement of the government and minister," he said in the article titled "Teresa jealous of her replacement's performance" in Harakahdaily yesterday.
In a separate article titled "DAP's attacks against Khairuddin fails!", the party organ listed various criticisms by DAP leaders against Khairuddin for allegedly skipping quarantine.
"Their aim may have succeeded when many Pakatan Harapan-leaning individuals took advantage to condemn and pass judgment.
"However, Khairuddin has acted in a matured manner by countering the accusations and criticisms by informing that he had received a swab test at KLIA and found to be negative.
"Three more similar tests since then have also returned negative and he has professionally left the issue for the Health Ministry to investigate and give an official explanation," it said.
The party organ also claimed that quarantine measures only came into force on July 24 and therefore it was a "slap" in the DAP's face.
According to the Health Ministry's SOP, everyone returning from overseas must undergo a swab test for Covid-19.
If they are found to be negative, they will be sent to a quarantine centre to carry out a 14-day isolation period and if they are found to be positive, they will be sent to a hospital for treatment.
Prior to July 24, overseas returnees who test negative must still undergo quarantine but are allowed to do so at home.
They are not allowed to leave home for 14 days and must be re-tested on the 13th day before their quarantine bracelet can be removed.
From July 24 onwards, quarantine must be done at government-designated centres. The measure was reintroduced after many violated their quarantine conditions at home.
Meanwhile, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, who is also the de facto law minister, said Khairuddin's case will be left to the authorities.
"The legal process is as usual even if it involves a minister," he said during an event in Kota Bharu today.
He also maintained that a person is innocent until proven guilty.
"If the court finds someone guilty, then he's guilty, be it the regular people or leaders," he said.
Khairuddin had explained at length about the number of tests he has undertaken but has not addressed the alleged quarantine violation.