SENIOR state government officers including district officers have been roped in to carry out enforcement to ensure the public adhere to the standard operating procedure during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said 10 district officers and other selected officers had been given special powers to carry out checks and enforcement in public places.
“They can also issue compounds to those who flout the SOP, ” he said in an interview, adding that the special powers were detailed in a letter from Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
Hasni also announced that about RM7.05mil had been allocated to all 56 assemblymen and coordinators of constituencies to help combat the pandemic.
“This allocation should be used to help people register for the Covid-19 vaccine, to comply with the SOP under the new norm and for welfare programmes in their constituencies, ” he said.
He added that the state government also planned to provide food baskets to those affected by the pandemic.
Hasni hopes all the aid announced will reach the people soon to ease their burden, especially during the lockdown.
He also called for more corporations to come forward and donate towards the state’s disaster relief fund to fight the pandemic.
“All 10 state executive councillors and I will be donating three months of our salary to the fund beginning this month, ” he added.
Since last year, some RM44.83mil in the form of cash and equipment had been given to the fund.
On the issue of senior citizens having trouble getting vaccinated because they were unfamiliar with technology or missing their appointments because of lack of transport, Hasni urged all assemblymen to help them through their service centres.
“Some are already doing that.
“I hope more will follow suit and help senior citizens and the disabled, ” he said.
Hasni urged Johoreans to register and get vaccinated so that the state could achieve an 80% vaccination rate by October.
He hopes Johor’s 500 volunteers roped in to help frontliners will also play a part in assisting seniors to get their vaccination at 36 centres statewide.
“We will also ask 630 village chiefs to help disseminate information to the elderly in their areas on the importance of vaccination, ” he added.
On June 1, The Star reported on an elderly couple who were given different vaccination dates and venues and had no relatives nearby to help them keep their appointments.
Helen Looi Ah Mooi, 78, and her husband Ong Cheng Hock, 82, were fortunate that intern Teo Wen Hui from the office of Stulang assemblyman Andrew Chen Kah Eng drove them to and from the designated centres to get vaccinated.