Permaisuri Johor: Be united in fight against Covid-19

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  • Friday, 13 Mar 2020

JOHOR BARU: Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah (pic) has urged all Malaysians to be united in the fight against Covid-19.

In a post on the Royal Johor Facebook page, Raja Zarith Sofiah, who is also the Malaysian Red Crescent Royal Adviser, reminds the public that viruses and disease do not discriminate.

“Viruses, illnesses and diseases do not recognise nor care about the colour of our skins, nor what our faiths are.

“Neither do viruses discriminate and choose us according to our political ideologies, whether our views veer towards the right, the left, or just in the liberal-minded middle.

“Viruses just simply do not care. They do not see our thoughts. But we have physical bodies which they can invade, ” she said in the post on Friday (March 13).

She added that with the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring Covid-19 as a pandemic, it is not the best time for arguments on any social or political issues.

“There is a time and place for everything, after all. Now is not the time to bicker about petty, irrelevant issues. Now is the time to help one another.

“If there are social issues which we think should be addressed, then do something about them, rather than sitting at home and being armchair critics, and spewing out vitriolic words of hate, or well-meaning but off-the-track advice, ” she said.

Raja Zarith Sofiah also urged the public to play their part in protecting the country from having more cases by heeding the advice given out by health authorities.

“I may not know all, but I know quite a bit. There are not enough beds in our government hospitals. The chairs, which mothers of sick children have to sleep on, are torn and we at Malaysian Red Crescent have repaired them time and time again.

“There are B40 families in rural areas, but there are an increasing number in towns and cities too. I visit the homes of people in remote villages because it is not enough to be told about them, but it is important to know what needs to be done, ” she said.

She advised the public to follow the guidelines of the health and medical authorities, instead thinking they know it all.

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