THAIPUSAM GATHERING WHAT GUARANTEES? CASSA CHIEF PROF DR JACOB GEORGE TO THE DEFENSE OF MOH DG & MINISTER!

THAIPUSAM GATHERING WHAT GUARANTEES? CASSA CHIEF PROF DR JACOB GEORGE TO THE DEFENSE OF MOH DG & MINISTER!

Sadly this week sees two attempts to discredit the good work the MOH leadership are continuing to date!

First an attack against both the Minister and DG by a Sarawakian politician which was unnecessary.

Then there was that political baiting where health minister Khairy Jamaluddin is asked to declare whether it is safe for Hindus to visit holy sites for Thaipusam!

Yes, you read right!

To declare!

The call was not just ridiculous but certainly political bait which no one in their right mind would or can address!

The Ministry of Health leadership, its frontliners, stakeholders, the MMA and NGOs like CASSA Malaysia working alongside can only continue our advisories which have been going on for two years to date!

That all Malaysians must conduct themselves in the ecosystem of the SOPs already entrenched.

In the current environment neither the health minister nor the ministry can babysit any quarter.

So if there is going to be an estimated two million Hindus in the country worried about their safety, they have to address the adoption of all safety procedures according to the guidelines and Sops already at play, if they are planning to going into huge crowds!

More so in the current threat of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

So to put in a nut shell, ‘kita jaga kita’ slogan comes to life wherever any religious, community or political activities that draws crowds are happening!

No one denies that based on previous estimates there will be huge, massive crowds in Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Johor Baru and Perak.

And it is true, that in all the cited sites there is going to be huge crowds outside and they need to be policed.

And they will be with our security agencies in play.

But the onus of the duty of care falls on the organizers and the Indian leadership in the country to address and coordinate and not create a political mine-field for a political agenda by attempting to way-lay this responsibility on the MOH!

So instead of politically baiting it is pertinent that the Indian leadership meet, draw up protocols to implement end to end.

I am confident again this year Malaysian Indians will be alert and not put themselves in harm’s way in the current pandemic scenario.

They know they are responsible for their own safety.

Perhaps, the devotees can follow the religious rites through available technology online into their laptops, hand phones and others?

One final note!

The general consensus both nationally and internationally is to discourage any mammoth gatherings during the current pandemic threats.

But if the Malaysian government had taken that decision the same politicians who are asking for safety guarantees   would then draw out other allegations?

That has always been the nature of Malaysian politics?

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