KUCHING: The Covid-19 vaccination programme in Sarawak will be accelerated and completed by August in order to achieve herd immunity.
This was one of the points conveyed by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders during their audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Monday (June 14).
The audience, which was held via video conferencing, was attended by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president, Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri James Masing and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
The leaders also brought up the importance of having a strong and stable government to ensure the smooth implementation of the nation's Covid-19 programme and economic plans.
In addition, they spoke about the implementation of a post-Covid-19 economic exit plan.
These points were revealed in a joint statement issued by Masing, Dr Sim and Tiong after the audience.
"We fully agree with the Chief Minister on the three crucial factors in the fight against Covid-19 and the conduct of the economy that were presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the audience," they said.
The King had granted audiences to political party leaders since Wednesday (June 9), starting with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is Parti Pejuang Tanah Air pro-tem chairman, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man who was representing Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
There were also audiences with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, followed by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran and Parti Bersatu Sabah president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.