Don’t stop at exam students

Abdul Karim

KUCHING: The authorities are urged to focus on vaccinating youths aged 18 years old and above besides SPM or STPM candidates.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this also includes those who are not sitting for public examinations this year.

“We can see one of the ways to flatten the curve is to get people vaccinated and I am happy to see the government is going along that line.

“But please don’t stop at SPM or STPM students, or just focus on those sitting for the examinations, as there are many youths who might not be there.

“Some of them are in vocational schools and they might not be sitting for SPM or some of them are already working in plantations or other places,” he said today (June 19).

Abdul Karim said it is crucial that the group be not left behind in the government’s efforts to achieve herd immunity.

“We can’t leave them out, because for us to get to this herd immunity, the whole idea is to get as many people as possible vaccinated,

“We hope after this they can look at other aspects, probably those who are in vocational schools, sekolah pondok, or those who are already at university and colleges,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the return of activities for the Youth and Sports Ministry for youth participation, he said efforts are underway to revive the activities which have been temporary halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Now I am looking at getting the activities back, not just for the Youth and Sports Ministry but also the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.

“The younger generation, these are the category of people who are proactive, and it is difficult to lock them up. Being outside, they can become better individuals through working alongside the community,” he said.

At the same time, Abdul Karim said the ministry is also writing to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to prioritise state athletes for vaccination so that they are able to train in peace and are not interrupted by Covid-19 infections.