The former leader received a fine equivalent to $ 730 for not registering at a restaurant or taking his temperature out.
Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak, who has been convicted of the 1MDB scandal, is once again having trouble with the law, this time for breaching coronavirus rules in a restaurant.
He has been fined 3,000 Malaysian ringgits ($ 730) for not registering at the restaurant or for taking his temperature out, police said. The sentence was announced Thursday afternoon.
He appeared after images posted on social media showing the former prime minister rebelling against the rules in March at a Kuala Lumpur restaurant selling a traditional dish of chicken and rice.
While Najib still denies any involvement in the 1MDB fraud, for which he has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, he quickly admitted his absence from the restaurant.
The 67-year-old man, who remains on bail while appealing the 1 MBD conviction, used the incident to highlight other cases in which politicians allegedly breached the rules.
These include an incident when ministers allegedly illegally traveled to another part of the country to attend a wedding.
“Me and the man on the street are being investigated by the police and fined by the government,” Najib posted on Facebook.
“But I don’t know (if this will happen), if government ministers break the rules.”
The restaurant owner also received a fine of 10,000 ringgit ($ 2,428) for failing to ensure that Najib followed the rules.
Last month Najib revealed that he is facing bankruptcy for allegedly failing to pay more than $ 400 million in taxes, which could cause him to lose his seat in parliament.
He was convicted last year in the first of several trials he faces plunder of sovereign wealth fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad.
Billions of dollars were stolen from the investment vehicle and spent on everything from expensive artwork to real estate, a scandal that contributed to the fall of the Najib government in 2018.
Malaysia is facing an increase in virus outbreak and this week has introduced new limits in Kuala Lumpur and several other areas.