Malaysia police fine Umno for mass gathering as it gave away free frozen chicken

The drive-through event giving away 2,000 frozen chickens was organised by the youth wing of Umno in Putrajaya. PHOTO: UMNO BAHAGIAN PUTRAJAYA/FACEBOOK

KUALA LUMPUR - Hundreds of people turned up when they heard that Malaysia's political party Umno was giving away free frozen chicken at a drive-through event in Putrajaya, the nation's administrative capital, on Friday (Jan 15).

Some came on their motorcycles while others arrived in their cars to collect the 2,000 frozen birds at the event organised by the youth wing of Umno in Putrajaya, pictures shown on Facebook revealed.

But the party has now been fined by the police, as the event was held during the movement control order (MCO), amid a ban on mass gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The amount of the compound fine was not revealed.

The police chief for Putrajaya district Mohd Fadzil Ali said the programme was held without police approval.

"The frozen chicken distributed free on first-come-first-served basis had resulted in traffic congestion, as people had thronged the location," he said in a statement on Saturday, as quoted by Malay Mail online news.

Putrajaya Umno Youth vice-chief Mohd Zushaidey Zulkifli said on Friday that the party's Putrajaya division had obtained the necessary approvals from the National Security Council and the police to hold the event, Free Malaysia News quoted him as saying.

He also said that everyone observed Covid-19 procedures by distributing the chicken via a drive-through system.

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