Johor Bersatu calls for political ceasefire to focus on Covid-19 pandemic


JOHOR BARU: Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has announced a political ceasefire, as it intends to focus on battling Covid-19.

State Bersatu election director Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad said the decision was made in line with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s recent decree about the pandemic.

“Johor Bersatu has ordered all of its machinery to focus its resources and strength to focus on battling Covid-19. Politics must be left behind as the war against Covid-19 is at a critical stage; it involves lives and also this country’s future, ” he added.

The Mersing MP and Rural Development Minister said this in a statement which was read out on Monday (May 24) by Johor Bersatu election operation director Badrul Hisham Shaharin, better known as Chegubard.

Badrul Hisham read out the statement when met after he and other state Bersatu leaders handed out aid to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Skudai campus, which is under an enhanced movement control order.

Dr Abd Latiff also said all Bersatu war rooms and offices have been directed to become a centre to help people register for vaccination.

“Vaccine registration in Johor through the MySejahtera app is still low at around 1.24 million people compared to the 2.9 million people who qualify to get it. The number of Johoreans that have already received vaccinations is only at 4.38%, ” he said.

Dr Abd Latiff also said that the state Bersatu has formed an action committee led by Kota Tinggi division chief Rasman Ithnain and Pasir Gudang division chief Mohd Khairulfadhlan Mohd Dzurri.

He also urged politicians from both sides of the divide to stop all the politics and power grabbing as at the moment, the people’s lives and Malaysia’s future should be the priority.

On Thursday (May 20), Sultan Ibrahim decreed that a meeting is to be held involving all state elected MPs and assemblymen in curbing the Covid-19 outbreak here.

His Majesty raised his concerns as Johor recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases over the last few days.

Sultan Ibrahim added that he realised the emergency ordinance that is currently being enforced hinders any parliamentary and state assembly meetings from being held at the present moment.

“However, I feel that the services of MPs and assemblymen in Johor should be mobilised to help the rakyat affected from the pandemic.

“With that, I urge a discussion to be held through a meeting between all MPs and assemblymen from the state, which is chaired by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, ” His Majesty said.

Sultan Ibrahim said through the discussion, all MPs and assemblymen can give their respective views and thoughts in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic and solve the problems faced by Bangsa Johor.

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