PUTRAJAYA: Just two days before the Dewan Rakyat is set to convene for a five-day special sitting on Monday (July 26), a number of Covid-19 cases have been detected among lawmakers and Parliament staff, raising questions as to whether it would take place now following this latest development.
It is learnt that at least three MPs and close to 40 Parliament staff have tested positive.
Those who will be attending the Parliament sitting, including the lawmakers, are subject to Covid-19 tests.
This has been the practice every time Parliament sits since the pandemic began last year.
It is learnt that one of the MPs who tested positive is a president of a party, who was informed of his test result on Saturday (July 24) morning.
An aide to the lawmaker confirmed this but declined to elaborate further.
The names of several lawmakers have been mentioned but no official statement has been issued by them.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry has not received any report.
“We have not received the full report yet,” he said when contacted Saturday.
Meanwhile, deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon’s swab test came back negative.
This was confirmed by his strategic communications officer Muhammad Afiq Mohd Hanif.
Earlier, Malay news outlet Utusan Malaysia 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 Rashid was a close contact, as an aide of his had reportedly tested positive.
The July 26 sitting is to allow MPs to debate the National Recovery Plan announced by the government last month.
This will be followed by the first meeting of the fourth session of the 14th Parliament, which will sit for 15 days beginning September 6 till 30.
The second meeting of the fourth session of the 14th Parliament will sit for 32 days, beginning Oct 25 till Dec 16.
The fourth session of the 14th Parliament will be officiated by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Sept 6 at 10am.