The parliament liaison officer to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad tested positive for Covid-19 in a screening test conducted at the Parliament building on Thursday, the Langkawi MP’s office said today.
However, it added that the officer had not come into contact with Mahathir himself.
“He is asymptomatic and is currently undergoing home quarantine,” a representative told MalaysiaNow.
“Mahathir did not meet with him and had tested negative for the virus after the RTK test conducted that same day,” the representative said, adding that the officer had been fully vaccinated.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah previously said that 11 people had tested positive for the virus during the Parliament screening on July 29.
Of these, 10 cases were detected through RTK Ag Saliva tests and one through RT PCR.
Noor Hisham said health teams would conduct investigations, risk assessments and contact tracing, and put in place preventive measures including the cleaning and disinfection of the Parliament building.
The special sitting of the Dewan Rakyat was postponed on Thursday on the advice of Noor Hisham due to the detection of Covid-19 cases.
Members of the opposition from Pakatan Harapan said it was a conspiracy to prevent the debate of the emergency ordinances in Parliament.