You just can’t script this.
A mere day after being appointed as the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia, reports are coming in that Muhyiddin Yassin may just have contracted the novel coronavirus.
It turns out that Hisham Hamdan, who is the Executive Director, Head, Public Markets and Head, Research at Khazanah Nasional Berhad (and close friend of Muhyiddin) is the country’s 29th reported case of the infectious Covid-19 virus. With all the moves that were being made over the past week, Hisham has apparently been in close contact with some pretty important political figures.
According to sources, Hisham has been in close contact with a former minister and an Amanah MP, both of whom have yet to be identified. All three of them actually attended the same appreciation event following the dissolution of the Pakatan Harapan government on the 27th of February. On top of that, as mentioned earlier, Hisham is also a close ally of Muhyiddin and the two are in constant contact with each other.
According to Sarawak Report, who reached out to a top consultant and Covid-19 advisor, those who have come in close contact with confirmed cases should isolate themselves.
‘If there is contact with a confirmed index case of COVID-19, all those who have had close contact with the index case are at risk. Subsequently their close contacts too are at risk and they should all take self-isolation precaution measures for 14 days’
That essentially means that a certain Muhyiddin Yassin should really be taking the initiative to self isolate. As you can probably already tell though, he hasn’t exactly done that. I guess he’s not going to let anything ruin his big day, until of course it becomes convenient for him to do so. With parliament set to reconvene next week, you can bet that Muhyiddin and his band of breakaway Bersatu MPs will use this to postpone the parliament sitting.
With no official announcement being made however, this could very well fly under the radar until they can confirm if he’s contracted the virus or not. Whether this is negligence on the part of the Malaysian government or just a false alarm remains to be seen.
I think we can all agree that a statement and clarification should be made ASAP, especially since Muhyiddin is a cancer survivor and individuals with a history of health problems are more susceptible the Covid-19 virus.
If he has indeed contracted it though, this could spell disaster for the country’s new government. Just look at the picture above! If he has it, odds are so do the leaders of PAS and UMNO. Should the worst happen and all three of them are down with it, at least Zahid now has a legit reason not be at court I guess.
Here’s to hoping for the best.