Masing hopes politics will be set aside to allow Sarawak to buy own Covid-19 vaccine supply

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

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KUCHING, July 4: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing hopes politics will not get in the way of allowing Sarawak to purchase its own Covid-19 vaccines.

According to Masing, money is no question for Sarawak as the state has enough funds to purchase the necessary vaccines for Sarawakians.

“The question is will Kuala Lumpur allow us to get or buy the required vaccines that Sarawak needs? I hope politics will not be the factor (sic) by Kuala Lumpur, in keeping Sarawakians safe during this deadly Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement today.


Masing, who is also the president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), also expressed confidence that Sarawak will achieve its 80 per cent vaccinated population target for herd immunity by August this year.

He disclosed during a visit to Bakun on July 3, he had met with a vaccination team from the Ministry of Health (MOH), led by Dr Peter Ronald Bihos, who had just vaccinated a local community which resides along the upper reaches of the Bakun Dam lake.

“About 80 people have been vaccinated by the group in the last two days. In spite of the vast distance they covered, the team looked fresh with a smile on their faces.

“If what the Bakun KKM (MOH) team showed while doing their outreach vaccination, is a reflection of the rest in Sarawak KKM teams while carrying out their tasks, I am confident that Sarawak will achieve its 80 herd immunity by August 21, provided that Kuala Lumpur gives us the vaccines they promised,” he added. — DayakDaily