Health Ministry investigating claims that minister broke quarantine, says DG

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry is investigating claims that a government minister did not undergo the 14-day quarantine after returning from overseas.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed that Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali had undergone the Covid-19 test when he returned from Turkey.

“We are investigating. It was the period of home quarantine then.

“If he tested positive, he would be admitted into the hospital, and if he was negative, (he needs to undergo) mandatory home quarantine for 14 days, ” he told a news portal on Wednesday (Aug 19).

No statement has been issued at the time of writing yet by the minister about the matter.

On Tuesday, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok had claimed that Khairuddin had visited Turkey on an unofficial visit from July 3 to 7, but had attended Parliament only a week later.

Fellow Pakatan MP RSN Rayer had also interjected and asked for a ruling from the Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon who was presiding the sitting then.

Rashid then told Rayer to write in an official complaint for the House to look into the matter.

At the time of the minister’s alleged visit, Turkey had been averaging over 1,000 new cases a day.

As of Aug 18, Turkey has 251,805 confirmed cases, with 12,876 active cases.

In Malaysia, those who have returned from other countries are to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The recent Sivagangga cluster had emerged because of a returnee who broke home quarantine rules.

The man had initially tested negative for Covid-19 upon his return from India at KLIA.

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