Senior lawmaker suggests MPs in Parliament undergo second Covid-19 test

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  • Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: A senior lawmaker suggested that MPs undergo a second Covid-19 test owing to the hype of activities in the Dewan Rakyat.

"I suggest to the Speaker that MPs and others who are in Parliament undergo the Covid-19 test again as there is a lot of interaction going on here. We did the test once and suggest that we do it again owing to the huge amount of interaction," said Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday. (Aug 11).

To this, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said that he took note of Shahidan's suggestion.

"I will seek the advice from the Health Ministry and heed their advice on the matter," he said.

The suggestion from the Perikatan Nasional backbenchers chairman comes a day after Azhar advised MPs who visited Covid-19 zones in their respective constituencies to get themselves tested again.

Azhar's advice comes after the emergence of a new Covid-19 cluster that began in Kedah and has now spread to Perlis and Penang.

He had also advised MPs to get themselves re-tested for Covid-19 if they had come into close contact with those suspected of having the virus.

Lawmakers and officers were required to undergo Covid-19 a swab test three days before the start of Dewan Rakyat on July 13.

Meanwhile, Azhar announced that he was changing the procedure with regard to the bloc-voting process.

He said the House bell to alert MPs to be present in the August Hall would be rung for two minutes, adding that a ten-minute grace period would then be given before the bell is rung for two minutes before the bloc-voting process begins.

Azhar said the changes were necessary in light of the distances between the new MPs and administrative blocks as well as the Covid-19 measure implemented in Parliament.

Prior to this, the house bell was only rung for two minutes to alert MPs that bloc-voting would be held.

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