Covid-19 Screening Conducted on MPs and Parliament Staff, No Positive Cases So Far

KUALA LUMPUR (May 16): The Ministry of Health has screened over 750 individuals linked to the Parliament for Covid-19 ahead of the Dewan Rakyat session on Monday.

“We have conducted tests on all MPs as well as the Parliament workforce. Yesterday was the last day [of screening],” said health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“At this point, there have been no positive cases. We are still [processing] over the next one or two days, and the overall results may be shared then,” Noor Hisham told the daily Covid-19 press conference.

The Dewan Rakyat is scheduled to have a one-day session on Monday — its first session since the latest change in federal government — where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will give out an opening speech.

The session, which usually lasts a few weeks, was initially cut short by the government to one day, but later further reduced to only include the King’s speech in the agenda — on the grounds that the Covid-19 outbreak has not subsided.

The next session after Monday will be in July.

Certain quarters, including opposition MPs, have called for a more comprehensive sitting through technology use such as video conference instead of postponing the session.


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