Let’s achieve herd immunity, not fuel uncertainty


  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 11 Aug 2021

The record-high 360 Covid-19 deaths recorded a few days ago doesn’t seem to be able to cool down the political temperatures in this country. Days before the reconvening of the parliamentary special sitting the number of deaths due to Covid-19 still hovered above a 3-digit number but until now, their political stunts and plots still very much remain the order of the day.

More than 10,000 lives have been lost due to the pandemic. The latest - an aide to deputy tourism minister who died of Covid-19 after attending the Dewan Rakyat meet. The deceased who is formerly special officer to Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datu Guandee Kohoi, died at about 4pm on Monday (Aug 9).

According to Guandee’s principal private secretary, Ardino Diris, who last saw Jaimin on July 30, the latter complained of a sore throat the following day after which he underwent a swab test. They were in Kuala Lumpur to attend the special sitting from July 23 to 29.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin postponed the final day of the special sitting on August 2, citing a Covid-19 outbreak in Parliament but this as expected, sparked protests by opposition Members of Parliament who gathered at Dataran Merdeka last Monday and Tuesday.

How selfish and cruel could they be! Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was quoted saying that one Covid-19 death linked to the recent special Dewan Rakyat sitting has been reported.

Dr Noor Hisham also said nine new cases linked to the Parliament sitting were detected in addition to the 88 cases announced on Aug 7. In total, 97 cases were linked to the Parliament sitting and of the new cases, four of them were close contacts detected through pre-sitting screening.

This Parliament cluster joins the list of hundreds of other clusters detected nationwide and should serve as an eye-opener for politicians - the opposition in particular - and those quarters who had demanded for Parliament to reconvene. Clearly, their demands have been made without due consideration for people’s well-being, health and safety.

And to worsen this, the Sekretariat Solidarity Rakyat that organized a rally recently where hundreds of people, mainly youths who turned up at Dataran Merdeka a few weeks ago and calling for the resignation of prime minister and his cabinet members, is threatening to hold another demonstration on July 21 if their demand is not met. What on earth are they up to?

This group clearly has the backing of opposition lawmakers. Their antics and that of opposition MPs as well as the likes of political buddies, Umno’s Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, very well know the fragile social, political and economic conditions and uncertainties they are creating but they don’t seem to be bothered at all.

People’s welfare and well-being are brushed aside in their keenness and greed for power. It is very clear that their jostling for power have, indeed, blinded them completely that they couldn’t even get their priorities straight. Instead of focusing on battling the pandemic, until this point of writing, they are still mustering enough support to topple the prime minister’s government.

Anwar and Ahmad Zahid are still busily submitting statutory declarations to the King despite the assurance from prime minister that he will put his support to the test when Parliament convenes in September. They don’t care if virus casualties continue to rise or people’s health and lives take a turn for the worse with the emergence of deadlier and ferocious variants like the Delta variant.

If, indeed, this Perikatan Nasional-led government has failed - that whole nonsense #kerajaangagal# - there would not have been that black shirted #kitaLawan# protestors on the streets and Anwar leading those opposition MPs, together with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and that Dewan Negara senators gathering illegally at Parliament.

For sure, many of them have been vaccinated. That was why they knew that it relatively safe to mount the protests. These ingrates should be thankful to the present government which has achieved one of the highest rates of vaccination in this whole wide world.

As of yesterday, a total of 25,008,230 cumulative vaccine doses have been administered, with 38.7 per cent or 9,048,634 individuals having received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Soon, the government said the reach-out walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations would be expanded nationwide, not just in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. The National Covid-19 Immunisation Special Task Force said the elderly, individuals with disabilities, people with comorbidities, teachers and those who missed their second dose, will be able to walk in to get their jabs at public vaccination centres.

The government’s focus on achieving its target of herd immunity before year-end should be reciprocated and corresponded by all, not fueled by contagious political moves as deadly as the new Covid-19 variants.

Hamidah Hassan

Bukit Antarabangsa,

Ampang, Selangor.

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