COVID-19: MPs should attend Parliamentary session as required by Standing Order – Senior Minister

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PUTRAJAYA NOV 2: The proposal for Dewan Rakyat session to convene via virtual reality (cyberspace) cannot be carried out as the standing order says that every action or decision made should take place in the premises.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, in the case of tabling the National Budget and the Bill, it needs the votes of the Members of Parliament (MPs) before it could be approved and implemented.

“The Members of Parliament should also be present when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has a special deliberation or proclamation to be made,” said Ismail at his daily press conference held here today.

Ismail said that in response to the Dewan Rakyat session has started today (Monday) in the midst of the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Elaborating on the situation in the Dewan Rakyat he said, each Member of Parliament could only take in two officers and no visitors are allowed to attend the session.

Ismail added, the Chief Whip of a political party will be present to represent his/her party.
According to Ismail the Dewan Rakyat had started today and it was agreed that the session could only convene for a short period and adjourned at 1pm.

In another development, an auxillary policeman, a media practitioner and an assistant to a senator were tested positive during a screening earlier.

The three individuals tested positive for COVID-19 were scheduled to attend the Parliament session today but were not present.

Health Director General Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, contact tracing had been done for the auxillary policeman and found three of his colleagues and wife to be positive too. In the contact tracing 12 possible cases had been detected.

“They are under quarantine now while waiting for the results, Dr. Noor Hisham said in a separate press conference here today.

He added, the screening that was done three days before the Parliament session had detected 30 to 40 percent with COVID-19 symptoms.

“The Parliament session will be held for six weeks and within that period we do not know who the virus carrier is unless testing is done in every two weeks. However some may be asymptomatic,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

Dr. Noor Hisham advises the people to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP), avoid crowded places, confined spaces and close conversation.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, precautionary measures have been taken at the Dewan Rakyat where partitions and one metre physical distancing had been put in place.-Malaysia World News

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