Sarawak civil servants must get Covid-19 jab even though it is not compulsory, urges Tupong rep

Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman

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KUCHING, Oct 1: Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman is urging Sarawak civil servants to play their role in protecting themselves, their family and the community even though getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is not compulsory for them.

He was referring to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s remark on Thursday (Sept 30) who has made it clear that while vaccination is being made mandatory for Federal civil servants, it is not compulsory for Sarawak civil servants to do so.

Fazzrudin emphasised that it is prudent for all Sarawakians to get protected by obtaining the Covid-19 vaccine jab as it showed to be instrumental in reducing the severity of the Covid-19 cases in the State, where 99 per cent of the daily Covid-19 cases are in Category 1 and Category 2.

“While there is no mandate to get everyone vaccinated, the public has to play a role in protecting themselves, their family and the community through vaccination.

“The onus will be on the community, including the civil servants themselves to know what is good for them.

“As we enter the endemic phase, much of the decisions in regards to health of the individuals will depend on themselves.

“As far as the State government is concerned, we will continue to educate the people on the importance of the Covid-19 vaccination,” he said in a statement today.

At the same time, Fazzrudin who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy youth chief, further welcomes the announcement by the Public Service Department (PSD) which made the Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for Federal public officers.

“I welcome the statement by PSD to urge all civil servants to get fully vaccinated to provide confidence and assurance to the public and ensure the smooth delivery of services.

“This is in tandem with the requirements set by the Federal government which the relaxations announced be it in inter-district travel and tourism activities requires the nation to achieve 90 per cent of the adult population being vaccinated,” he said. – DayakDaily