Residents of Napoh sue restaurant owner RM1 million
By Noorazura Abdul Rahman
ALOR SETAR: Residents and traders in Napoh will file a RM1 million suit against Nasi Kandar Salleh restaurant owner next week to claim the losses suffered after allegedly triggering the PUI Sivagangga cluster.
Secretary of the Kedah Consumers Association (CAKE), Mohamad Yusrizal Yusoff, said the suit was made based on the advice of a lawyer to teach everyone not to arbitrarily violate the quarantine order causing the COVID-19 virus to spread.
“Until yesterday, we managed to gather 100 residents and traders including six non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who want to file a summons to the owner of Nasi Kandar Salleh restaurant.
“It is expected that today another 50 residents will do so through the legal advice of Zunun & Co which offers free services,” he said in a statement here today.
Mohamad Yusrizal said, until now the spread of PUI Sivagangga cluster has caused the affected residents and traders to lose RM14,000 per person.
“We are currently in the process of collecting the personal information of the residents. This action needs to be taken because the residents are under pressure not only losses but some feel isolated and even outsiders do not dare to be friends and can not even go out to work.
“Many have run out of savings, just want to start working following the termination of the Movement Control Order (PKP) and now income is affected again,” he said.
A nasi kandar restaurant operator who breached his home quarantine to visit his shop has tested positive for Covid-19, and so did his son and five restaurant employees.
Group to sue man said to have started Sivagangga cluster
Predeep Nambiar – August 11, 2020 9:30 AM
ALOR SETAR: A consumer group and several other NGOs in Kedah are planning to sue the owner of a nasi kandar restaurant who authorities say is the originator of the Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster.
“Legal action against him will serve as a warning to others against messing around with Covid-19 quarantine orders,” Consumers Association of Kedah (CAKE) secretary Mohd Yusrizal Yusoff said.
He told FMT CAKE had decided to take the lead in the civil action, in which at least five other NGOs and several business owners would also be complainants.
He said they were already speaking to lawyers to get the suit drafted.
According to the health ministry, the Sivagangga cluster originated in Napoh, Kubang Pasu, after an Indian man with permanent-resident status in Malaysia disobeyed a quarantine order imposed on his return from a visit to Sivagangga, a town in Tamil Nadu.
The 57-year-old man, who owns the Nasi Kandar Salleh Restaurant, was seen at his shop on Hari Raya Haji wearing a pink band on his left wrist. An internet user uploaded his picture on Facebook and authorities subsequently saw a major rise in Covid-19 cases.