- The difficulties encountered by individuals resistant to receiving Covid-19 vaccination are the result of their own attitude, as according to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
- PM Sabri urges those who have not yet received the vaccine to do so so that they can also get to enjoy the facilities.
Don’t Want Vaccines? Your Own Problem, Says PM Sabri
The government has no intention of inflicting pain to the people, and the difficulties encountered by individuals resistant to receiving Covid-19 vaccination are the result of their own attitude, as according to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Prime Minister said that, although the Covid-19 vaccination is not yet mandatory, it has made life easier for people who have had it, especially while travelling.
“Those who do not take the vaccine are making life difficult for themselves, it is not the government that is deliberately making it difficult…that is why I urge those who have not yet received the vaccine to do so so that they can also get to enjoy the facilities.”
“Furthermore, as human beings we have a responsibility to help protect others by reducing the risk of infection and reducing the severity of the effects of the disease, if infected, by taking the Covid-19 vaccine," he added.
On Sunday, Ismail Sabri spoke at a press conference after attending the wearing of rank ceremony for Bera OCPD Mansor Samsudin from Deputy Superintendent to Superintendent at Bera police headquarters (Oct 17).
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani officiated the event. N. Kumaran, Bera’s deputy OCPD, was also promoted from Assistant Superintendent to Deputy Superintendent.
On Saturday (Oct 16), Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was quoted as saying that the government will be ‘continuing to impose various difficulties’ on them.
According to the Prime Minister, the Health Minister was referring to the problems that those who refused the vaccine would continue to face, as the conditions for individuals to be fully-vaccinated against Covid-19 were imposed not only by the Malaysian Government, but also by other areas and countries.
“Like in the case of only those who are fully vaccinated allowed to perform umrah, and next year, to perform the haj pilgrimage. This is a condition set by the Saudi Arabian government, which of course makes it difficult for those who are not vaccinated," he said.
When asked whether the requirement in the new public servant recruitment would be for candidates to be fully vaccinated, Ismail Sabri said it was a good suggestion, but the issue needed to be carefully evaluated by the Public Service Department (PSD).
“It may be considered, but the PSD has to look into various aspects, including legally. So far, action can only be taken against those who are already in the service as the deadline for civil servants to take the vaccine is Nov 1," he added.