PETALING JAYA: Weighing in on the spike in Covid-19 cases, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged Malaysian to protect themselves by being disciplined and complying with the standard operating procedures (SOP).
In a special video address, the former prime minister noted the emergence of new Covid-19 variants and a local super spreader incident where over 2,000 individuals were infected with more than 20 deaths.
A new Covid-19 variant, he said, was more aggressive and could be resistant to current vaccines.
Dr Mahathir noted daily high numbers of cases could overwhelm the heath care system, which is running out of hospital beds and other resources.
“If the situation continues, our hospitals may not be able to cater to patients, ” he said.
On May 8, the Health Ministry had announced the emergence of the Pasai cluster in Sarawak, with 2,693 infections and 29 deaths.
The index case of the cluster initially tested negative before infecting 58 longhouses.
Dr Mahathir warned that if Malaysians were not disciplined, the country could become like India and Brazil with hundreds of thousands of daily cases.
Dr Mahathir also urged the public not to visit their loved ones and friends during Hari Raya.
“That is not a good visit as it poses a risk of people getting infected or spreading the virus to others, ” he said, while urging everyone to be patient during this Raya season.
Dr Mahathir also said he had stopped going to mosques for prayers and also to bazaars as physical distancing was difficult.
“While entering and exiting the mosque for prayer, everyone is walking close to each other, ” he said.