‘Four who tested positive are aides’

Stating the facts: Azhar (centre) said the four individuals had done a Covid-19 test in order to attend the tabling of the Budget. — Bernama

THE four individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 are aides to a senator and not Parliament staff, says Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.

“They did a Covid-19 test in order to attend the tabling of the Budget this Friday, ” said the Dewan Rakyat Speaker.

Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PH-Pokok Sena) had expressed concern over news that several officers along with an auxiliary police personnel had tested positive for Covid-19.

Azhar noted that the auxiliary police officer was not on duty in Parliament.

Several Opposition lawmakers pressed on, asking whether it was safe to be in the Dewan Rakyat.

Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar (PH-Kuala Langat) asked if lawmakers should take another round of Covid-19 tests following the incident and whether the aides were quarantined.

Dr Maszlee Malik (Ind-Simpang Renggam) wanted to know the last time the officers had come to the office as he was sharing the same office space with them.

The Speaker immediately called for calm.

“YB, please sit down. I understand and all of us understand (the situation).

“Why do you want to turn it into an issue?

“Please stay calm, we have a standard operating procedure.

“We will take care of one another and all of us here have tested negative, ” said Azhar.

The Speaker then called for a voice vote to adjourn the Dewan Rakyat at 1pm everyday, until this Thursday.

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, which usually starts at 2.20pm to 11.30am, until Thursday.

Seven individuals were found to be Covid-19 positive from a screening done prior the parliamentary sitting on Monday.

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

A person working in the media had also tested positive.

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 waiting for her Covid-19 screening results.

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