Unvaccinated MPs will not be barred from Parliament

PETALING JAYA: Most MPs have already been vaccinated ahead of the five-day special sitting, but those who aren’t will not be barred from entering Parliament on July 26, says Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun (pic).

Azhar also said every staff member associated with the Parliament would be fully vaccinated before the special sitting, with about 95% of MPs already vaccinated so far.

“We are not going to prohibit MPs who are not yet vaccinated from attending the sitting. Perhaps they have their own reasons for not vaccinating,” he told The Star.

Asked further, Azhar said there is nothing in the Constitution that requires MPs to be vaccinated before coming to Parliament.

Sources in Parliament have indicated that there are somewhere between ten and 13 MPs who are not vaccinated, with most of them from Sabah and Sarawak.

It was said that MPs who refused to be vaccinated had justified their choice on grounds that it is not a requirement under the Constitution.

Subang MP Wong Chen also confirmed that vaccination is not a requirement to enter Parliament, but said a negative Covid-19 swab test is.

However, he said MPs must lead by example as public figures, given that Covid-19 figures have surged in recent days.

“Based on the current severity of the pandemic, personal choice should not be afforded to MPs. The only exemption should be on valid medical grounds,” he said.

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