Saifuddin denied entry into Parliament for taking Covid-19 test outside stipulated time frame


KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah was denied entry into Parliament because he did not take his compulsory Covid-19 test within the stipulated time frame.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon delivered a ministerial reply on behalf of Saifuddin during Oral Question Time in Parliament on Monday (Nov 16) morning.

"Allow me to answer on behalf of the Communications and Multimedia minister, because he was informed last night that he would not be allowed in Parliament because he took the swab test a few days earlier than the time stipulated by Parliament," said Dr Mah.

Saifuddin's deputy, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, was also not present.

"His deputy (Zahidi) has a scheduled appointment with a doctor," added Dr Mah.

MPs, Parliament staff and members of the media are required to undergo a Covid-19 test every 14 days.

According to the Parliament SOP, Covid-19 tests can only be done at most three days before the session begins.

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