Zahid, Nik Abduh, Mansor Othman get Covid-19 2 days before Parliament sits. Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin reportedly close contacts
PETALING JAYA : Some 35 MPs and their aides are reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 in a screening ahead of a Dewan Rakyat meeting beginning Monday.
Utusan Malaysia reported that Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, federal territories minister Annuar Musa, and Bachok MP Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz were among them.
But aides to Annuar and Nik Abduh told FMT that the report was wrong and that they had tested negative. FMT is awaiting confirmation from Zahid.
Utusan Malaysia said there were some MPs who were found to be close contacts of Covid-19 patients and have undergone another swab test.
“This includes Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon, because one of his officers tested positive,” a source told the Malay news portal.
Zahid and Nik Abduh’s positive results were reported by Utusan Malaysia, while Mansor’s was reported by Malaysiakini.
The Malay daily also quoted a source stating that Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon is probably a close contact, after one of his aides tested positive.
However, Rashid’s strategic communications officer, Muhammad Afiq Hanif, confirmed that his boss tested negative, adding that the latter is not a close contact of any MP who tested positive.
Malaysiakini had speculated that Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa was also infected, but later removed his name from the report.
These reports follow Astro Awani’s earlier one that four MPs have been identified as close contacts.
It is understood that these close contacts may possibly include Gombak MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Ampang MP Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin and Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar.
Earlier, Astro Awani reported that a total of three MPs tested positive for Covid-19 while four were classified as close contacts.
The Dewan Rakyat convenes for a special five-day meeting from Monday until Aug 2.
Source : FMT / THE VIBES