M’sian PM undergoes 14-day home quarantine

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will undergo a 14-day home quarantine, after a minister who attended a meeting he chaired tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement yesterday, Muhyiddin said he had earlier chaired a special National Security Council meeting on Saturday, which was also attended by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

The minister has since tested positive for COVID-19 and is seeking treatment in a hospital in Seremban, he added.

Muhyiddin said he would undergo self-quarantine at his residence for 14 days based on the Ministry of Health’s advice.

“However, this will not affect government affairs. I will continue to work from home and have video calls for meetings that have to be chaired by me,” he said.

The prime minister added that the Ministry of Health has conducted COVID-19 detection screening test on all attendees and the secretariat of the Saturday meeting. He also said that as a precaution, he has been undergoing swab test every two weeks since April and all results were negative.

Earlier, Dr Zulkifli, who is in-charge of religious affairs, confirmed in a Facebook post that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in good condition.

“I urge members of the public present at events which I also attended from September 24 to October 4 to undergo COVID-19 health screening in any health clinics immediately,” he said.

The minister did not experience any COVID-19 symptoms at the time of the meeting on Saturday, according to a statement issued by Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of religious affairs Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri. Photo: CNA