5 May – Zed Zaidi has recently urged Malaysian celebrities to be more sensitive on the issue of SOP compliance, so not to further create backlash against themselves.
The actor, who is also the president of the Association of Malaysian Artistes (SENIMAN), stated that celebrities have the responsibility to set a good example to the public, and that controversies relating to violations of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) would only taint the good names of everybody in the business.
"Artistes should instil in their minds that they have a considerable influence on society and because of that, all their actions are always being watched. It is important to ensure the impact of our actions on society before we are to take any action," he said.
Zed stated that some of the actions of these celebrities seemed to have been done intentionally to provoke netizens during this sensitive and emotional times, adding that he deemed such a thing as arrogance.
"These artistes should remember that they are just like everybody else. The difference is that they are given more attention. They are not immune to the law. It doesn't matter how rich we are. People will respect us better if we are humble," he added.
It is noted that several celebrities and Instagram influencers alike have been the target of netizens for their insensitivity during the pandemic - from going on honeymoon under the guise of "business trips", holding events with no social distancing measures in place, to showing off on social media - much to netizens' wrath.
Former "MeleTOP" host, Neelofa also recently made headlines yet again, after she was revealed to have travelled cross border to Negeri Sembilan to a carpet store in Nilai 3 despite only recently being fined thousands of ringgit for two SOP violations.