JOHOR BARU: Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has decided to stop all politicking as it focuses its efforts on battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
State Bersatu election director Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad said the decision was in keeping with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s recent decree ordering all the state’s elected representatives to meet and give their views on curbing the pandemic.
“Johor Bersatu has ordered all of its machinery to focus its resources and strength on battling Covid-19.
“Politics must be set aside as the war on Covid-19 is at a critical stage where it doesn’t only affect lives but also this country’s future, ” he said.
Abd Latiff, who is Mersing MP and Rural Development Minister, said this in a statement read out by Johor Bersatu election operations director Badrul Hisham Shaharin, better known as Chegubard.
Badrul Hisham read out the statement when met by the media after he, together with other state Bersatu leaders, handed out aid to the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Skudai campus, which is under the enhanced movement control order, here yesterday.
Abd Latiff also said all Bersatu war rooms and offices, either at state, divisional or branch level, have been directed to become a centre to help the people register for vaccination.
“Vaccine registration in Johor through the MySejahtera app is still low at around 1.24 million people, compared to 2.9 million people who are eligible for it.
“In fact, the number of Johoreans who have already received the vaccination is only at 4.38%, ” he said, noting that the state Bersatu had also formed an action committee led by Kota Tinggi division chief Rasman Ithnain and Pasir Gudang division chief Mohd Khairulfadhlan Mohd Dzurri.
“I call on politicians from both sides of the divide to stop all politicking and power grabbing, as the people’s lives and Malaysia’s future should be the priority, ” Abd Latiff added.
Last Thursday, Sultan Ibrahim has decreed that a meeting be held among all of Johor’s MPs and assemblymen, to be chaired by Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, to help stem the Covid-19 outbreak amid the escalating cases in Johor in recent days.
The Ruler said that even though the Emergency Ordinance, currently in effect, prevents any parliamentary and state assembly meetings from being held, the services of all elected representatives in Johor should be mobilised in managing the pandemic and solving the problems faced by Bangsa Johor.