Covid-19: Three MPs test positive, four more close contacts, says report


PETALING JAYA: Three MPs are reported to have failed a Covid-19 screening carried out on Friday (July 23), ahead of the special sitting of the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (July 26).

Another four MPs were said to be close contacts of Covid-19 patients and all seven are currently undergoing compulsory quarantine, news portal Astro Awani reported on Saturday (July 24).

Malay news outlet Utusan Malaysia, meanwhile, reported that a source said that the three MPs were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Bagan), Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (Ketereh) and Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz (Bachok).

Utusan Malaysia also quoted its source as saying that among the close contacts was Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, whose aide was reported to have tested positive.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun had earlier said that about 95% of MPs had already been vaccinated for Covid-19, but those who were not vaccinated would still be allowed to attend the special sitting.

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

However, it was reported that a negative Covid-19 swab test would still be required for MPs to attend the Dewan Rakyat.

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