Parliament cut short as Dewan Negara staff test positive for Covid-19

Picture from Malaysiakini

By John Isaac

TODAY’S Dewan Rakyat session has been cut short to 1pm to limit exposure to Covid-19 after “several” Dewan Negara staff tested positive for the virus.

De facto Law Minister Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan informed the House of the news as he tabled a motion to shorten today’s session.

He did not specify how many Senate staff had been infected but said there was a possibility that several senators had been exposed to the virus.

“The advice from the Health Ministry is that the risk is very high.

“Especially since we are in an enclosed space,” he said.

According to reports in Malaysiakini, the motion was passed after questions from Pakatan Harapan lawmakers seeking more clarification over how long the shortened sessions will last and if the House could sit for additional days to make up for the lost time.

Immediately after the motion was passed, Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan) stood up to ask for time to consult party whips over the proposal.

Earlier this morning, all party whips had a closed-door session with Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun about Covid-19 precautions in light of the positive cases.

Takiyuddin assured that today’s motion only affected today’s session.