Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishamudin Husein assured Monday that he paid a fine of 250 Malaysian ringgit (€ 50.55) after sparking the controversy after being caught by television cameras during a plenary session in parliament.
“I have been fined and have already paid the fine. As I said before, doing something wrong is wrong and I have already admitted it and apologized,” he said after opponent Wong Shu Qi raised the issue had addressed during a conversation plenary session.
The minister was sharply criticized after he was caught with a mask on in parliament in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the newspaper ‘The Straits Times’, fines of around 50 euros have been imposed for indoor vaping since January.
After Hishamudin was caught by the cameras, he apologized and assured him that it was a new “habit”. “I’m sorry, I didn’t notice. It’s a new habit. I apologize and promise not to do it again,” he said in a message on his Twitter account.
Those who fail to pay the agreed amount can be brought to justice and risk fines of up to 10,000 ringgit or a maximum of two years in prison.