Community leaders urged to persuade vaccine hesitant to get jabbed

Uggah (left) presenting a cheque from Unifor to Penghulu Goh Leng Thong while Chuat (right) looks on.

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SPAOH, July 18: Community leaders have been told to persuade the minority who are hesitant to be vaccinated to get the Covid-19 vaccination jab.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said there were people who are still harbouring fears of the vaccination.

“The State government is now giving every opportunity for all in the State to be vaccinated and this is provided free.

“There is even an arrangement for the elderly and the sick who are bedridden.

“Mobile teams can visit them at their homes.

“So, I hope community leaders on the ground… please approach and talk to and persuade those still hesitant.

“Explain to them that the process is for the ultimate good of everyone and the State and nation,” he said this before presenting a RM50,000 grant from the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) to the Spaoh Chinese Temple during a short visit here today.

Uggah who is also the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman said those who had not been vaccinated risk getting infected with the deadly and contagious virus, adding that they could also pose a health risk to others.

In the meantime, Uggah and Betong Member of Parliament Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat also presented outright grants totalling RM133,000 to five Chinese associations as well as temple and school management boards here.

Political secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Richard Rapu and the acting Betong Resident Abang Mohamed Abang Turkey were among those joining Uggah and Chuat.

Later, they visited the Luban Ili longhouse here where 32 families were seeking government’s assistance for their longhouse expansion project. — DayakDaily