Aide to dep minister dies of Covid-19 after parliament sitting

By S. Harrish

A SPECIAL officer who accompanied a deputy minister during the recent special sitting of parliament has died of Covid-19.

According to a Malaysiakini report, Sabahan Jaimin Samitah died around 4pm in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He was the special officer for Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) Minister Guandee Kohoi.

The deputy minister’s principal private secretary Ardino Diris confirmed the matter with Malaysiakini.

According to Ardino, Jaimin had been part of Guandee’s entourage from July 26 to 29.

He initially tested negative when Parliament was locked down on July 29 for a sudden round of Covid-19 tests.

Jaimin, who was fully vaccinated, started developing symptoms afterwards and tested positive four days later.

Ardino suspects that Jaimin had contracted the virus while in Parliament grounds but is unclear if the latter was classified as part of the Parliament Covid-19 cluster.

A total of 88 cases have been linked to the cluster as of Aug 8.