One Malaysian minister, one Kelantan assemblyman test positive for Covid-19

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun was admitted to Hospital Sungai Buloh at 11am on Jan 11.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun was admitted to Hospital Sungai Buloh at 11am on Jan 11.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun is the second Cabinet minister to have tested positive for Covid-19 in as many days.

The Women, Family and Community Development Minister was admitted to Hospital Sungai Buloh at 11am on Monday (Jan 11).

According to her office, the minister received the result of the test on Sunday night after undergoing screening at the Putrajaya Klinik Kesihatan earlier the same day.

"The minister apologises if this incident has caused any inconvenience and anxiety... to ask and pray to God that all matters are facilitated for all involved," her office said in a statement.

The office added that in Ms Rina's absence, the ministry would continue its work as usual.

Meanwhile, Mr Mohd Syahbuddin Hashim, a Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblyman from the state of Kelantan, also confirmed he has tested positive for Covid-19. 

"Today Abe Din and my wife tested positive for Covid-19. To all those who have had close contact with us, I apologise for the inconvenience to those who are forced to be tested and might have been infected,” said the Galas assemblyman.

He advised everyone to be careful as Gua Musang, where his ward Galas is located, has been declared a red zone for Covid-19 cases.

"We surrender to God and request for prayers from all," he said.

On Sunday, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.

Following that, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof and Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah confirmed that they have been identified as close contacts of Mr Mustapa and were self-isolating.

Ms Rina is the third member of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's Cabinet to test positive for the virus, after Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri in October last year.