Three candidates observing 14-day quarantine


KOTA KINABALU: Three candidates contesting in the Sabah election are now undergoing quarantine as they were in close contact with an Umno leader who tested positive for Covid-19.

Two are Barisan Nasional candidates – Datuk Kamarlin Ombi who is contesting in Lumadan and Sani Miasin who is eyeing the Sindumin seat.

The other is Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob from Parti Warisan Sabah who is defending the Sindumin seat.

Although their preliminary Covid-19 tests have yet to be confirmed positive, the trio are undergoing quarantine as a precautionary measure.

Kamarlin said he met Umno supreme council member Mohd Razlan Rafii during nomination day in Sipitang on Sept 12.

“As someone who recently met him, I am surprised he tested positive.

“I decided to take the swab test to follow the Health Ministry standard operating procedure and I’m still waiting for the test results, ” he said, adding that the test was taken on Tuesday.

Kamarlin said he did not experience any symptoms.

Yusof meanwhile said he wanted to undergo the 14-day quarantine after hearing about Razlan being infected by the virus.

“I must follow the SOP and will observe the 14-day quarantine.

“We must show a good example and portray the image of leaders who are with principle, follow the rules and have integrity, ” said Yusof who took the swab test on Monday.

Based on the new stringent voting procedures, the trio fell under those who must be quarantined.

They can cast their votes but must apply to the district health office so that preparations can be made to bring them to vote in special places.

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