RESPECT STATE DECISIONS ON OPENING UP URGES MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

 

‘I have always stated that public interest and lives should not be compromised at the altars of greed and political aspirations for profits!’

RESPECT STATE DECISIONS ON OPENING UP URGES MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

So at the time of writing I am briefed by Melaka officials that they have declined to open borders for tourists on Oct 1.

The move certainly goes against the so called Putrajaya’s travel bubble initiative and welcome visitors starting Oct 1.

But, I fully agree and respect dear friend and Chief Minister Sulaiman Md Ali statement that the state will only allow interstate activities once the state achieves a 90 percent vaccination rate among its adult population based on data and analysis issued by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council (NSC).

As of Sept 22, Malacca recorded an 80.6 percent vaccination rate.

We need to respect our state leaders and their administrative positions.

I had also sent a message to Melaka Governor, Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, as well that I fully support the states protocols on the matter!

I had for many years worked alongside him when he was the state’s Chief Minister!

But, I was surprised certainly from Chief Minister Sulaiman Md Ali’s statement which alluded that he does not want a situation like what happened in Langkawi, where 36 Covid-19 cases were recorded on the second day after it was opened to tourists.

If this statement is true, I am curious why this was not made public?

Why the secrecy?

I have always stated that public interest and lives should not be compromised at the altars of greed and political aspirations for profits!

So I do agree with Chief Minister Sulaiman that we have to be careful, we have to look at our capabilities with stricter standard operating procedures and not get carried away by lobbyist on various frolics!

Most important I am encouraged that our premier and dear friend, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has indeed announced that interstate travel and tourism activities will be allowed once 90 percent of the country’s adult population is fully vaccinated.

However he too had alluded to that there must be strict compliance to standard operating procedures!

The last thing we need is another upswing in the cases of Covid 19 and surmounting deaths all around us!