A source close to the minister had explained that Mohd Khairuddin was tested for the Covid-19 virus when he returned from his trip and the results were negative.
“Turkey at that time was still categorised as a green zone country,” the source was quoted by Sinar Harian as saying.
On Tuesday (Aug 18), Seputeh MP Teresa Kok had claimed in the Dewan Rakyat that Mohd Khairuddin had visited Turkey in an unofficial visit until July 7, but had already 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 overseas 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.