When asked to comment on the public's insistence that the Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein resign after being discovered to have violated SOPs while attending the Johor MIC Brigade Launching Ceremony at the EduCity Indoor Stadium, Iskandar Puteri, Johor yesterday, this is what the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had to say:
Anyone who commits an offense of violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be compounded, including a minister, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reassures the public.
However, he said, if any minister is found to have violated the SOPs, that particular individual would not be required to resign as long as appropriate action is taken against him, such as paying for their due compound. However, as much as the SOPs are important to stick with, it is not a big enough offense that it should demand resignation from an individual in a position of power.
"That means the government does not discriminate between individuals who commit offenses," he explained to reporters after officiating the Ceremony of the Preliminary Findings of the Malaysian Population and Housing Census 2020 (Census of Malaysia 2020) at the Chancellor's Hall of Management Science University, today.
Commenting further, Ismail Sabri reassures the public once again that the concept of double standards does not exist when imposing compounds to those who violate the SOPs and that regardless of one's status, every offense will be weighed equally.