Assemblymen undergo Covid-19 swab test

Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah having her Covid-19 swab test taken by a health officer at the DUN Complex.

DUN Session

KUCHING: Members of the State Legislature underwent Covid-19 swab test at the DUN Complex here on Friday.

The swab test is a requirement for all members of the legislature and State Cabinet prior to the DUN Sitting which will take place beginning next Monday.

Respective assemblymen were seen arriving as early as 9am to have the swab taken through a drive-thru Covid-19 testing facility assisted by the health officers from Normah Medical Specialist Centre.

Present on the first day for the Covid-19 testing were Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah; Assistant Minister of Utilities (Rural Electricity) Datuk Liwan Lagang; Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and Assistant Minister of Transport Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.

Also present were Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu; Bukit Semuja assemblyman John Ilus; Simunjan assemblyman Awla Dris, and Sadong Jaya assemblyman Aidel Lariwoo.

Assistant Minister of Native Land Development Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn having his Covid-19 swab test taken by a health officer at the DUN Complex.

While those from the opposition were Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) deputy president Johnical Rayong, Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chief Chong Chieng Jen and Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong.

When met by reporters, most of them agreed that the swab test should be taken as a precautionary measure. They hoped that the coming DUN Sitting would be smooth sailing.

It is learnt that all DUN staff were also required to have their swab test taken.

DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar in a press conference on Thursday, said that in view of the rising Covid-19 cases throughout the state, the coming DUN Sitting would be shortened to five days from its original eight-day session from Nov 9 until 13.

He also said all 82 state assemblymen including himself would take the Covid-19 swab test.

The swab test will also continue tomorrow (Saturday) at the DUN Complex.