KUALA LUMPUR JULY 29: Members of Parliament (MPs) including from Baling and Pontian were requested to undergo screen tests for COVID-19 following their presence with thousands of people at the High Court yesterday.
MP for Jelutong, RSN Rayer said, the presence of the MPs with thousands of people at the High Court premises yesterday (July 28) should undergo screen tests to ensure they are free from the coronavirus before attending the Dewan Rakyat session.
“Members of the public have complained that the standard operating procedures (SOP) are only enforced on them and not the political leaders when they saw them not complying with the SOP on the media social,” said Rayer at the Dewan Rakyat today.
Rayer was requesting the Speaker to use any Dewan Rakyat Order to stop these MPs to attend the session for fear COVID-19 virus might infect others.
The MPs were present at the High Court to give support to the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who was sentenced to jail and fined in the SRC case involving RM42 million yesterday.
Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun in his reply said, the Dewan Rakyat cannot limit the movement of MPs and nobody knows whether the people in the crowd have COVID-19.
“It depends on the Ministry of Health (MOH) to take action on the MPs whether they need to undergo a screen test,” said Azhar.
Meanwhile, MP for Baling Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim stood up and said he wore his mask all the way at the High Court.
MP for Pontian Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan also stood up and cited the case of Langkawi MP, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad whom he alleged was present among members of the public at one function but was not requested to do a screen test for COVID-19. – Malaysia World News