'Are govt MPs immune to Covid-19', MP asks after Kitingan’s quarantine status

KUALA LUMPUR: Sepanggar MP Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman has questioned the Health Ministry over their flip-flops on the Covid-19 standard operating procedure for MPs.

This was after Keningau MP Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan’s (pic) quarantine status came into question in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 24).

Azis pointed out that MPs attending the ongoing meeting were asked to observe a 14-day quarantine if they had travelled to Sabah following advice by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council.

"Because of that ruling, I even skipped a family member’s funeral in Semporna recently.

“The right person for us to ask is the Health director-general. Why was this policy suddenly changed?

“Are government MPs immune to Covid-19? Covid-19 doesn’t take into account whether the MP is with the government or the Opposition.

"Covid-19 doesn’t care whether the MP supported the prime minister or any parties,” he said in a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday.

Azis also pointed out that Jeffrey was spotted in Kota Kinabalu on Nov 13 and said even if he began self-quarantine from Nov 12, it would have only been 12 days.

“That did not fulfil the 14-day requirement for MPs returning from Sabah to attend Parliament.

“We also hope this will be explained by the Health DG later. We don’t want the double standards of rules on MPs,” he said, adding that the recent emergency declaration in Batu Sapi was a clear sign that Covid-19 cases were still serious in Sabah.

Azis also said that Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun had asked for more time to check with Health authorities over the matter.

Azhar had also ordered Jeffery to temporarily leave the Dewan Rakyat until an explanation on his quarantine status could be determined.

Azhar had said he understood that Jeffery had started his quarantine on Nov 12 and received his released order from the Health Ministry on Monday (Nov 23).

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