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August 4, 2020

Barriers set up to ensure distancing in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Ogos -- Dalam usaha mewujudkan jarak pemisah dan mengurangkan risiko jangkitan COVID-19, penghadang lut sinar dipasang di antara tempat duduk ahli Parlimen di Dewan Rakyat. Timbalan Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said berkata pemasangan penghadang itu juga membolehkan sebahagian ahli Parlimen yang sebelum ini duduk di tempat pegawai di sebelah kiri dewan, dapat duduk semula di blok utama Dewan Rakyat. --fotoBERNAMA (2020) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA KUALA LUMPUR, Aug — Transparent barriers have been installed between the seats of Members of Parliament (MPs) to separate them and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in the august house, Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said today. She said with the installation of the barriers, some of the MPs who previously occupied seats of Parliament officers on the left side of the hall were now able to sit again in the main block of the Dewan Rakyat. --fotoBERNAMA (2020) COPYRIGHTS RESERVED

KUALA LUMPUR: Temporary transparent panels have been installed between the seats of lawmakers in the Dewan Rakyat to enable some of them to sit in the main block in the House.

Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the panels would also help create a safe distance and reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmissions.

“However, some MPs would still need to occupy the officers’ seating area as only some of these panels could be installed for now.

“As such, I ask for the patience of the MPs until this matter can be resolved, ” she told lawmakers before the commencement of the Question and Answer Time in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

She also reminded lawmakers to wear a face mask at all times in the House and to remove it only when they want to speak.

“Honourable members, you are to pull the transparent barriers (into place) when seated in the hall to ensure distancing and no close contact with other members.

“The transparent panel has to be pulled or pushed carefully and slowly, and not be given too much pressure because it is installed as a temporary measure, ” said Azalina, who also thanked the Cabinet, various ministries, the National Security Council and Parliament for accommodating the measure for the comfort of lawmakers.

In the beginning of the Dewan Rakyat meeting, only 174 of the 222 MPs were allowed to sit in the main block while the rest sat in the public gallery, as well as the area where officers were usually seated, to allow for sufficient physical distancing as part of the standard operating procedure to fight Covid-19.

However, many lawmakers seated at the public gallery and officers’ area complained they were unable to debate or ask questions properly due to the lack of microphones there.

 

Photo and news source: thestar.com.my

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