KUALA LUMPUR: Various recently established Covid-19 assessment centres (CAC) across the country have questioned whether they can operate and issue quarantine and home surveillance orders to patients who tested positive, says Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching.
Teo said this was because the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances was abruptly announced on Monday (July 26) and added that many of these CACs were formerly private clinics or private healthcare facilities.
She explained that under the Emergency Ordinance, general practitioners registered with the Health Ministry were converted into CACs and were authorised to issue Home Surveillance and Observation orders.
"We all remember what happened at the Stadium Melawati CAC as it was overcrowded.
"That is why one of our efforts was to appoint private clinics or healthcare facilities to CAC's so we can disperse crowds there."
"Now that the Emergency Ordinances were revoked, what will happen to these private clinics and healthcare facilities that were appointed as CAC," she said.
Teo pointed out that there were at least 65 private clinics and healthcare facilities that were converted in CAC's in Selangor, which has been the state recording the highest Covid-19 figures over the several weeks.
"So if the Emergency Ordinance was revoked, what happens to the Home Surveillance and Observation orders since these facilities no longer have the authority," said Teo
Teo added that de facto minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan must provide an answer over the matter immediately and not next Monday, as it is an issue that will affect all Malaysians.
"These appointed GPs must know immediately whether they are still authorised to issue orders and what happens to the previous orders for patients who are Covid-19 positive?" she questioned.
Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, who spoke in the same press conference as Teo, also said the matter must be immediately addressed by Takiyuddin, given the slew of criminal court cases that would be affected by the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances.
"What will happen to those who go to court? The prosecutors are also in quandary and enforcement is in a mess."
Rayer pleaded for Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun to use his wisdom on the matter and compel Takiyuddin to provide a ministerial explanation on the matter as soon as possible.
On Monday (July 26), Takiyuddin said the government revoked the Emergency Ordinances on July 21 and it had no plans to advise the King to extend the nationwide state of Emergency beyond Aug 1.