Religious Affairs minister defends Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri (pic) has defended Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, saying that the latter had done his best in his position.

In a tweet, Zulkifli said he hoped that it was not the intention of Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing to ask Dr Noor Hisham whether he was fearful for his life.

"The Health director-general is one of the most important individuals in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I am confident, and all of us agree, that he needs to remain healthy, in high spirits and continue the fight with all the frontliners for the interest of the country," he tweeted late Wednesday (Nov 11) night.

During the debate on Budget 2021, Tiong had asked why Dr Noor Hisham did not go to Sabah when Covid-19 cases were at an all-time high in the state.

Tiong's remarks that Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah "is afraid to die" for not coming down personally to Sabah to monitor the Covid-19 situation sparked an outcry in the Dewan Rakyat.

Zulkifli said in Islam, the concept of death is simple, and only Allah will remain everlasting.

"The only thing Muslims are worried (about) and afraid of, is whether they have done enough deeds when they finally meet their Creator," he said.

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