KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is currently undergoing self-quarantine at home following reports that he has tested positive for Covid-19.
The Umno president, who is asymptomatic, said he was not experiencing fever, cough, flu or other symptoms associated with Covid-19.
“I understand that many are asking about my condition after hearing the unexpected news. Alhamdulillah, I am doing well without any unwanted symptoms.
“I am now undergoing quarantine and working as usual online,” he said on Facebook yesterday.
This means that Ahmad Zahid – who is the Bagan Datuk MP – will join Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mansor Othman, who was confirmed positive following a routine swab test last Friday, in sitting out the Parliament special sitting starting today.
Although Ahmad Zahid can follow proceedings in Parliament from home, he will not be able to take part online.
It was initially reported that several MPs, including Ahmad Zahid, and several Parliament staff members had tested positive.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who is Tanjong MP, has also been ordered to quarantine himself at home after one of his bodyguards tested positive for Covid-19.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon and Bachok MP Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz have tested negative for Covid-19.
Those attending Parliament, including lawmakers, must do the Covid-19 test which has been standard practice since the pandemic began last year.
Ahmad Zahid said despite being under quarantine, his struggle for the rakyat and the country would never falter.
“I will continue to serve in any capacity. Pray for me to continue the struggle,” he said, adding that his wish for everyone is to be protected from Covid-19.