‘I hope PN will stay together’

KANGAR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has expressed hope that all political parties in the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition will remain together, including during the next general election.

The Prime Minister, however, said it was up to the respective party leaders to decide on this.

“I think it is not a problem for the existing coalition to continue and to move forward as the people are satisfied with the current situation.

“Whatever it is, I leave it to the other party leaders. However, Alhamdulillah, in PN the situation is still strong, ” he said after visiting Perlis’ Vaccine Dispensing Centre at Kampung Gial health clinic here.

He was asked to comment on a letter sent by Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi conveying the party’s decision not to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election.

Muhyiddin said the Bersatu supreme council met on Thursday and its secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin issued a statement on the party’s stance.

He said a meeting was held with PAS leaders and the party had stated its strong stance to remain in PN.

“We will adopt a plan and will continue to strengthen cooperation between the parties with the focus on the next election, ” he said.

On Covid-19 vaccines, he said the people need not be concerned about the brand of the vaccine used in the immunisation programme in the country as each one had been approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency.

He said all the vaccines used in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme had been tested by the agency.

“They (vaccines) have all been tested and approved and I am confident that when the immunisation programme is being properly implemented by the management committee, it will give us a significant advantage.

“It means if the number of Covid-19 cases drops because many people receive their (vaccine) shots, the economy can be revived faster and that will benefit the people as they can resume working and earning a living while businesses can run as usual, ” he said.

As such, he said the people were advised to not hesitate in registering for vaccination using the MySejahtera app even if they had to wait a long time for their turn.

“This is important for the country because we want, at this early stage, at least 60% of the people to receive the vaccine so that we can achieve herd immunity even though our target is to vaccinate 80% the country’s population.

“Once vaccinated, we may be allowed to travel and make an overseas trip. One may be asked to produce a vaccination record, ” he said.

On the Malaysian Pharmacists Society’s request to include community pharmacists in the first phase of vaccination, Muhyiddin said the matter could be referred to the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and the Health Ministry.

“Some people want to get the vaccine earlier than others because they are dealing with lots of people or facing bigger threats as the frontliners but everybody will get the vaccine eventually, just be patient, ” he said. — Bernama

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