KUALA LUMPUR: Vaccinations must be made compulsory for all segments of society, including foreign workers and undocumented migrants, in order to ensure swift recovery when the economy reopens, said Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan).
"I want to propose that the government make vaccination compulsory for all. No one can refuse being inoculated because I'm confident that once everyone is jabbed, we can live together again in a community,” said Bung.
"We should go house-to-house; if they are not vaccinated, then they will be jabbed. That's how we will be safer," added Bung during his turn to raise points after the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry briefed MPs in the House about the National Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Bung also said Sabah is a unique state as it consists of a mix of locals, foreign workers and undocumented migrants.
"If we only vaccinate Malaysians, then what about the others? If the others are not vaccinated, it is just meaningless," he added.
Bung said the pandemic has destroyed the economy, where businesses have folded, and suicide rates have multiplied over the recent weeks.
"That's why we must be fast. Buy as many vaccine doses as we need. Singapore has four million residents and they already ordered 20 million doses, why can't we do that," he said.
Kasthuri Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) subsequently interjected and asked if Bung's constituents have experienced vaccination allocation issues, where people were given the wrong appointment dates or vaccination centres (PPV).
Bung agreed and said that he received many similar complaints, where some of his constituents did not get any appointment dates despite waiting for months.
To address the issue, Bung proposed that every state should have their own vaccination system.
"After that, streamline it with the Federal system. We should not be too rigid," he said, adding that Putrajaya should not sideline Sabah in its national vaccination programme.
"Sabah is as big as any other state. We need attention. Give us enough vaccines, especially the ones which require only a single dose,” said Bung.