Ministers quarantined but ‘govt affairs need to be looked into’

Back to work: Mustapa (right) leaving the hospital in Kota Baru after spending 12 days in quarantine.

PUTRAJAYA: It was work as usual for the Cabinet, despite the absence of four ministers due to Covid-19.

The weekly meeting on Wednesday went on as scheduled, minus the attendance of Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun were also missing as they are being quarantined.

It is understood that this week’s meeting was held virtually.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s weekly pre-Cabinet audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was also held online.

“The Cabinet meeting has to take place as government affairs need to be looked into, ” said a minister.

The Cabinet usually “rests” four times a year – during the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas holidays.

For the ministers impacted by Covid-19, their work had not been disrupted despite their conditions.

Mustapa had asked to be updated about government matters.

“He will also call us if he needs things done or clarified. It is almost work as usual for him, ” said an aide.

Mustapa, fondly known as Tok Pa, has been discharged from Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Baru after spending 12 days in quarantine.

The aide revealed that the minister had spent three days in an intensive care unit for breathing difficulties and lack of energy.

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