Stop harping on vaccine issue call

Kho Teck Wan

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has pledged to provide free Covid-19 vaccine to Sarawakians when it is made available.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan urged all quarters to stop harping on the issue as the matter had been put to rest recently.

“I am surprised to see a certain state assemblywoman standing up to request for free Covid-19 vaccine for all Sarawakians after the deputy chief minister indicated such would be the case at the recent State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting.

“I wonder if she fell asleep during the deputy chief minister’s speech at the DUN?” she said today.

She was referring to Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong, who recently repeated her call from earlier this month for free Covid-19 vaccine to be provided to all Sarawakians.

At the recent DUN sitting, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg pledged to set aside funds for the vaccine when it is made available.

Kho said it was SUPP that proposed the idea to the state government during its annual delegate conference on Oct 18.

“The proposal was one of the six resolutions adopted by party members and submitted to the chief minister during the closing ceremony of the conference.

“The Sarawak government is the only state government in Malaysia that has pledged to provide free Covid-19 vaccine for its people once it is available.”

Kho said contrary to the comment made by former finance minister Lim Guan Eng, who claimed that Sarawak would be bankrupt, the state had proven that its economy was resilient amid the pandemic.

“This is not only by pledging free Covid-19 vaccine, but also providing extra allocation to front-liners, B40, media practitioners and those whose livelihood had been greatly impacted by the pandemic.

“All these are possible due to the state government’s prudent financial planning all these years.”