Get back in line, Khairy warns VIPs who cut queue

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 02 Mar 2021 09:39
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02 Mar 2021 09:39

The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine has finally landed on Malaysian shores last month and Phase 1 of the national COVID-19 immunisation programme has rolled out. While healthcare frontliners, essential services, defence and security frontliners are getting vaccinated, there have been cases of VIPs allegedly jumping queues to get their vaccinations despite being ineligible for the jab.

According to Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the cases of queue-jumping had happened despite the registration process where individuals are given a specific date and time to be present at a vaccination centre.

He said incidents had occured at the launch of some state-level vaccination programmes, adding however that these were few in number and had occurred due to a lack of clarity.

Khairy said he had also received complaints about some politicians and ministry officers being registered to get the vaccine despite not being considered as frontliners.

“Don’t cut queue, get back in line,” Khairy warned during a joint press conference with Health Minister Dr Adham Baba, adding that his ministry would recommend that the health ministry slap compounds on those who flout the rules.

“Officers of ministers, state excos, menteris besar and political secretaries are not included in Phase 1. They cannot jump the queue. Family members of ministers or state excos or elected representatives are also not on the list.”

He said only elected representatives are among the frontliners eligible to receive the vaccination under the first phase.

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