KUCHING: The hoarding of vaccines by industrialised countries is both immoral and irresponsible, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing in a statement today.
He was responding to a recent statement by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia Khairy Jamaluddin, adding that it was actually worse considering that it was bullying by the mighty against the weak.
Masing also pointed out that the Covid-19 virus did not originate from poor nations but from China, considered the second richest country in the world.
“Unless these wealthy countries are prepared to share their expertise and cease hoarding vaccines in order to prevent Covid-19 from wreaking havoc on the lives and economies of the poor, the assumption that the wealthy aims to destroy the poor is true.” he said
Masing also stated that China and other wealthy countries must be willing to share their experiences and resources in order to assist developing and underdeveloped countries in combating the Covid-19 virus.
“When we consider the numerous obstacles that have been placed in our way in obtaining vaccines in the last few months, it may not seem so far-fetched.
“As loyal and real Malaysians, we should support Khairy, Perikatan Nasional (PN) and the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government in their efforts to combat the Covid-19 virus,” he said.
Masing also urged the public not to become an impediment, saying that the government’s efforts would be futile if everyone died from the virus.