Vaccinations and economy are top of mind, S’wak leaders tell King


KUCHING: Sarawak has raised the importance of having a strong and stable Federal Government to ensure the smooth implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme and a post-pandemic economic recovery plan.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders presented their views during a virtual audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah yesterday.

Chief Minister and PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, SUPP president Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, PRS president Tan Sri James Masing and PDP president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing participated in the video conference from the Chief Minister’s Office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here.They also conveyed to the King, Sarawak’s plans to accelerate and complete the Covid-19 vaccination programme by August in order to achieve herd immunity, Masing, Dr Sim and Tiong said in a joint statement 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 was presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the session,” they said.When contacted, Masing, who is the Deputy Chief Minister, said: “We emphasised that vaccination is very crucial to us. It is our hope that by August we will be able to get 70% to 80% (of our people vaccinated).

“We cannot achieve herd immunity without a stable government. We conveyed to His Majesty the view that we are not interested in a flip-flop government at the federal level.”

The King has been granting audiences to political party leaders since last Wednesday, including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is also Parti Pejuang Tanah Air pro-tem chairman, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, and Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

The others were PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran and PBS president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

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