Opposition MPs allege minister did not undergo mandatory Covid-19 quarantine after overseas trip

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  • Tuesday, 18 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Several Opposition lawmakers have questioned how a minister had allegedly not undergone the mandatory 14-day quarantine after returning from Turkey recently.

Teresa Kok (PH-Seputeh) alleged that the minister had gone to Turkey in an unofficial visit until July 7, yet he was in Parliament a few days later.

"How is it that the Minister did not follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and self-quarantine for 14 days?" said Kok, who interjected while Dr Lee Boon Chye (PH-Gopeng) was debating the Temporary Measures For Government Financing (Coronavirus Disease 2019 Covid-19) Bill 2020 on Tuesday (Aug 18).

Dr Lee had also said that if the said allegation was true, then it was irresponsible of the minister in question to do so as Turkey had more than 200,000 cases of Covid-19.

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

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

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