Minister exempted from quarantine after overseas trip?

Mohd Khairuddin

By S. Harrish

A FEDERAL minister allegedly did not undergo the full mandatory 14-day quarantine after returning to Malaysia from an unofficial visit to Turkey.

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said in Parliament today that Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali had visited Turkey from July 3 to 7, yet was in Parliament on July 13, just six days later.

“We know that all returnees from abroad need to be quarantined for 14 days. But the minister himself did not follow the SOP,” she said, according to a MalayMail report.

Gopeng MP Dr Lee Boon Chye also asked why the minister was not made to undergo quarantine, pointing out that Covid-19 infections were severe in Turkey with over 250,000 cases and 6,000 deaths.

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer then urged the Parliament Speaker to rule on the matter but Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon told Rayer to submit his request in writing.

“My ruling is for Jelutong to write a letter to the Speaker’s office for the matter,” he said, dismissing the shouting match between Pakatan Harapan MPs and government backbenchers.

From June 10 to July 23, the government had allowed returnees who tested negative upon arrival in the country to undergo their mandatory quarantine at home.

However, this was changed back to quarantine at designated centres after a spate of breaches.