No reason for public to refuse vaccine

The representatives of the MRP grant recipients.

SARATOK: There is no reason for the people to reject the Covid-19 vaccine when the world is still at war against the pandemic.

Saratok District Council deputy chairman Councillor Mohamad Duri said developed countries around the world had even taken the lead in procurement and getting their people vaccinated.

“For the record, Malaysia is the 68th country in the world to receive the vaccine, thus showing that many more countries have taken it first.

“The Saudi Arabian government, for example, has made the Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for anyone selected to perform the haj and umrah this year.

“Therefore, we must look at the importance of protecting ourselves, the communities, states and countries,” he said after the presentation of RM200,000 in Minor Rural Project (MRP) grants to 16 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) around Kalaka here on Sunday (Mar 7).

He also said an average percentage of the rural people to date has expressed willingness to be vaccinated.

“It’s a good indication for us to win the war against Covid-19. I think the public’s awareness of the importance of vaccination is the result of the government’s effort which has always promoted the initiative through television, newspapers and social media,” he said.

At the brief ceremony near the Kalaka Service Centre on Sunday (Mar 7), Mohamad Duri, on behalf of Kalaka assemblyman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, presented the MRP grants to Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Abang Abdul Rahman, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Agama Saratok, SMK Bahasa Malaysia (BM) Saratok, SK Kampung Kupang and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Min Syn Saratok.

Apart from that, grants were also allocated to Saratok Volleyball Association, Saratok Tennis Club, Sarawak Silat Association Betong Region, Saratok Town Rukun Tetangga Areas (KRT), Saratok Petanque Club, Saratok Badminton Club, Saratok District Police Headquarters Club (IPD) and Saratok Police Family Association (Perkep).

Also present at the event was member of the Supreme Working Council of the Sarawak Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth Movement, Kasdi Pandi.