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Dewan Negara special sitting postponed due to Covid-19 risk

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2): The Dewan Negara special sitting scheduled from Aug 3 to 5 has now also been postponed until further notice.

According to a notice dated yesterday issued by Dewan Negara secretary Muhd Sujairi Abdullah to Senate members, the office of the Dewan Negara president was notified by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the postponement in accordance with Standing Order 10(3) of the Dewan Negara.

He said the postponement is in line with Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah's recommendation as well as a risk assessment done by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on the current Covid-19 pandemic situation.

"This is following latest developments pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic, in which the MOH was of the view that Parliament is a locality at risk for possible transmissions," the notice read.

According to a notice issued yesterday by Dewan Rakyat secretary Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin to all Dewan Rakyat members, the Speaker's Office was told by Muhyiddin to postpone the sitting in line with Dewan Rakyat Standing Order 11(3).

Dr Noor Hisham, in a statement on Friday, said 11 positive Covid-19 cases were detected in Parliament when the sitting was in progress with 10 cases detected via the antigen rapid test kit (RTK-Ag) using saliva while another was tested via the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) screening.

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