Sabah Chief Minister tests positive for Covid-19

Datuk Hajiji Haji Noor – Picture from

By John Isaac

THE newly minted Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor has tested positive for Covid-19 after a period of self-quarantine, becoming the first head of state government in Malaysia to be infected with the disease.

His public relations secretary Effendi Mohamed Sunoh said Hajiji, 65, is now receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, and his health is good and stable.

“Although he is receiving treatment, he is still conducting his duties and responsibilities at the place of treatment through phone calls and video conferencing. The state government functions as usual,” he said in a statement reported by Malaysiakini.

Hajiji was sworn in as chief minister on Sept 29 following a state election that has been blamed as a contributing factor to the surge of Covid-19 cases in the country.

The state secretariat had announced yesterday that Hajiji was undergoing self-quarantine for two weeks after being exposed to an individual who later tested positive for Covid-19.

In today’s statement, Effendi revealed that the decision to go into self-quarantine was made voluntarily several days ago after a member of his staff was found to have contracted disease.

“While in self-quarantine, he (Hajiji) had undergone a Covid-19 test again. The latest test result confirmed that he is positive (for Covid-19),” Effendi said.