Parliament to sit until 1pm from Nov 3-5 due to Covid-19 cases

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  • Tuesday, 03 Nov 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat will adjourn early at 1pm from Tuesday (Nov 3) until Thursday (Nov 5), following news of a few staff members and an aide of a Senator testing positive for Covid-19.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan tabled a motion under Standing Order 12 (1) to end the Parliament sitting earlier.

The motion was supported by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Takiyuddin also filed a motion to bring forward the Special Chamber's meetings to 11.30am from today (Nov 3) until Thursday.

Opposition lawmaker Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PH-Pokok Sena) sought clarification on the number of police auxiliary officers, and if the said individuals have interacted with anyone in the Dewan Rakyat.

He also queried if the police officer is serving under the Prime Minister's Department as this could mean the individual could have interacted with others from the Department.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, however, clarified that the auxiliary policeman was not on duty in Parliament.

"He was stationed elsewhere. He is from the Prime Minister's Department, but he did not serve there either," he said.

This is following news reports that seven individuals were found to be Covid-19 positive from a screening done prior the parliamentary sitting on Monday (Nov 2).

It was reported that an auxiliary policeman tested positive and through contact tracing, three of his colleagues, including his wife, also tested positive.

A person working in the media also tested positive.

On Monday, a similar motion was tabled and passed in the Dewan Rakyat, following advise from Health Ministry officials.

On Monday, Senator Ras Adiba Radzi said her sister, Ras Afiona Radzi, who is also her special aide, had tested positive.

Ras Adiba is now awaiting for her Covid-19 screening results.

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