IPOH: It is "un-Malaysian" to discriminate against those who returned from China, says Dr Lee Boon Chye (pic).
The Deputy Health Minister said the people need not fear those coming home as the ministry was doing its best to control the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
"We will continue with stringent measures to contain the virus via isolation and treatment so it will not spread to the community.
"The impact on the community is still fairly minimal," he told reporters after attending a charity event organised by the Perak Computer and Digital Association on Saturday (Feb 15).
"We will try our best to enable our population to live normally and until a vaccine is found, efforts to contain the virus will continue," he added.
Dr Lee also said that scientific research shows that heat could kill the virus.
"We hope it will go away when the temperature becomes warmer. Viruses usually go away during spring and summer and only worsen during winter," he added.
He said that viruses cannot survive long in temperatures that exceed 30 degrees Celsius, like in Malaysia and hence the chances of it spreading are low.
"When faced with this crisis, it’s best to stay calm and listen to genuine news and facts that are based on science, not based on fear," he added.