Rally may cause further spread of Covid-19, says DPM

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  • Saturday, 31 Jul 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) has expressed concern that the '#Lawan rally at Dataran Merdeka could cause further spread of Covid-19.

"I am worried about their safety (assembly participants) when they gather in such large numbers. If one of them catches the infection on the street, it will eventually be brought home.

"Maybe cases will spread further as a result of the rally," he said during a press conference after visiting the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil vaccination centre (PPV) here on Saturday (July 31).

According to Ismail Sabri, gatherings are not allowed during the Covid-19 pandemic and are deemed an offence under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

He also stressed that the government was willing to listen to the voices and views of all parties at any time, and not only when they were voiced out during street protests.

Earlier, hundreds of people were believed to have participated in the #Lawan rally near Dataran Merdeka here.

Ismail Sabri also urged all politicians to set aside their differences and work together to overcome the pandemic in the country.

He said political squabbles would not solve the people's problems and instead would affect the government's efforts to help the people.

"Regardless of our party affiliation, we should focus on the issue of Covid-19, the issue of people who currently have no income. These problems are actually bigger than what is being voiced out today. Forget about the war in politics," he said. – Bernama

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