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Health ministry proposes 2-week suspension of special sitting

DG Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also advises those who were in Parliament from July 26 to 29 to monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19.

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The health ministry has proposed that the special Dewan Rakyat sitting postponed last week after the detection of Covid-19 cases on the Parliament premises be put off for two weeks from July 29.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry suggested that all meetings including those of the parliamentary select committee and discussions involving individuals in Parliament from July 26 to 29 be suspended for this duration.

“All individuals who were in Parliament from July 26 to 29 are advised to monitor their health status through use of the MySejahtera application.

“If any symptoms occur, please undergo checks and seek treatment at the nearest health facility,” he said in a statement today.

Earlier today, Pakatan Harapan leaders warned Noor Hisham against allowing himself to be manipulated in order to close Parliament and prevent the special sitting which began last week.

PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu also questioned Noor Hisham’s directive which had led to the adjournment of the current Dewan Rakyat sitting.

In his statement today, Noor Hisham said risk assessments for Covid-19 infection in Parliament would be conducted from time to time.

He also urged all parties to work together to ensure that the health SOPs are strictly followed in order to curb any further spread of the virus.

On July 28, 56 positive cases were detected from screenings held from July 21 to 25 ahead of the Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Noor Hisham said two cases involved MPs, six cases involved their aides and the other 48 involved officers from government agencies.

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