Commotion in Dewan Rakyat over Keningau MP skipping quarantine

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Keningau The President of Parti Solidariti Tanahairku (STAR) Sabah, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey G. Kitingan. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 22 SEPTEMBER 2020. Dr Jeffrey Kitingan mandatory quarantine Sabah Dewan Rakyat parliament
The President of Parti Solidariti Tanahairku (STAR) Sabah, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey G. Kitingan. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 22 SEPTEMBER 2020.

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The Dewan Rakyat sitting turned chaotic when Fahmi Fadzil (Lembah Pantai-PKR) questioned the presence of Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan (Keningau-STAR) at the Parliament today.

Fahmi requested the Deputy Speaker, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said to make a standing order against Dr. Jeffrey who was said to have returned to Sabah last week and came back to the Peninsular yesterday without undergoing the 14-day mandatory quarantine process.

Azalina however, requested all Members of Parliament (MP), especially from the opposition bloc who started a ruckus to remain calm, as she would need to get the explanation from the Secretariat of Parliament on the position of the Keningau MP.

Approximately 10 minutes later, the Secretariat of Parliament explained that the doctors from the Parliament Clinic had conducted an examination on him allowed Dr Jeffrey to be in the Dewan Rakyat.

The answer raised dissatisfaction on Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (Sepanggar-Warisan), who told the Parliament that he did not return to Sabah last week despite his aunt has passed away.

“I tried to get the permission to return home for the funeral of my aunt but it was not approved due to the risk of Covid-19 outbreak.

“I obliged and withdrew my intension of returning to Sabah but Keningau (Dr Jeffrey) could travel to and fro Sabah easily for the Sabah State Assembly last week and return here yesterday.

“Today, Keningau is in the Dewan without undergoing the 14-day quarantine which is compulsory for all Members of Parliament who came from Sabah or Covid-19 outbreak areas,” he said during the Budget 2021 debate session.

The sitting was delayed for about 15 minutes after several opposition MPs were dissatisfied with Azalina’s answer who would surrender the case to the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat.

The debate went on with Dr Jeffrey remaining at his seat in the Dewan Rakyat.

According to the regulation of the Parliament, any MP returning from Sabah for the Dewan Rakyat sitting needs to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine and it must be done at least two weeks prior to the sitting on 6 November. –MalaysiaGazette

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