PSC on health, science and innovation to finally meet

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Health, Science and Innovation has been allowed to meet.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the meeting was set for July 23 in the Parliament building with notices also issued to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and officers of the Health Ministry (MoH) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MoSTI).

“We have finally received our official notice to allow us to convene. I have instructed the Parliament secretariat to issue notices to the Health director-general and officers of MoH and MoSTI.

“This is to give us the granular data, full picture and reality on the ground on our approach towards Covid-19 and the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).

“After this, we are planning to speak to an external expert panel on Covid-19 to get their views and input,” Dr Yii, who is PSC chairman, said in a Facebook post on Friday (July 16).

Dr Yii said the PSC would try its best to provide parliamentary oversight and release sets of recommendations to the government.

Earlier this month, he said the PSC would meet to discuss on the national approach to Covid-19 handling amid the increasing variants of concern (VOC) cases.

“I have sent a letter to the Parliament Speaker to state our desire to have a PSC on health, science and innovation meeting this month.

“This is to keep the government in check on their approach towards Covid-19 and also receive progress report on the NCIP.”.

Dr Yii said the PSC could use its authority under Standing Order 83 (2) to call up experts in the field to get their input on the matter to activate a whole of society approach towards the pandemic.