Malaysian Parliament Walks Out after COVID-19 Positive Members Join Session

Opposition MPs staged a walkout from the Malaysian Parliament to protest Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun’s decision to let three COVID-19 positive lawmakers under home quarantine into Parliament to vote.

Opposition MPs staged a walkout from the Malaysian Parliament to protest Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun’s decision to let three COVID-19 positive lawmakers under home quarantine into Parliament to vote.

The three MPs, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba, Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan, and Pakatan Harapan-Batu were supposed to be remaining in quarantine but arrived at the parliament wearing gowns, face masks, shields, and gloves.

MPs belonging to PKR and DAP reportedly walked out immediately when the bloc voting was called.

“What reasons are there for these MPs to be allowed to be present in Parliament when they have been categorized as close contacts [of COVID-19 positive cases]?” said PKR’s Kuala Langat MP Datuk Dr. Xavier Jayakuma.

Despite the protests, Azhar insisted safeguards had been taken, including having the three sick MPs transported in an ambulance and placed in a special room.

“Last Thursday, an MP from the other side (opposition) who did not comply with the quarantine order came to vote. I do not want the matter to arise further, so it is better I regulate the voting process,” reasoned Azhar.

As a result, the 2021 Supply Bill of the ministry was passed at the committee stage during the bloc vote when 110 MPs supported, seven opposed, 31 did not vote and 72 were not present.


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