Anti-vaxxers in the minority: Deputy Minister
Published on: Monday, May 03, 2021
By: Bernama
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Ahmad Marzuk presenting Raya aid to one of the orphans at the ceremony.
LABUAN: The anti-vaccine campaign involves only a small number of religious teachers and constant efforts are being made to address the issue, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (Religious Affairs).

“We have heard of staff in certain agencies and departments under the Prime Minister’s Department who are anti-vaccine, and we are doing our part to get all our employees to take the vaccine.

“Malaysians who are not taking part in the vaccination may pose health danger to other people. 

“I would like to advise Malaysians in general to heed the Government’s call to join the vaccination exercise, as getting the vaccine will help reduce infections,” he said at a Majlis Ramah Mesra Bersama Anak-Anak Yatim dan Asnaf at Darul Kifayah Complex, here.

Ahmad Marzuk said the low percentage of registered individuals in the National Immunisation Covid-19 Programme in certain states could be due to certain factors and not merely due to religious teachers.

“As far as we are concerned, the risk of receiving the vaccine as claimed in viral and shared messages is far from accurate.

“I have completed the second dose, and I’m feeling better and healthy.

“Stop spreading untrue statements on vaccination programme to discredit the Government’s efforts, and those who refuse to get vaccinated must not influence others, just leave them alone,” he said.

Ahmad Marzuk said those who have yet to register for the vaccination are advised to do so immediately and not leave it to the last moment or they would have to wait in a long queue.

Meanwhile, a total of RM2.44 million was disbursed under various assistance schemes provided by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) during the second week of Ramadan in the duty-free island.

Ahmad Marzuk said the assistance schemes were the Bantuan Ihya’ Ramadan, Dapur It’am, Musaadah Tijariyah (for business activities and business startup capital), muaalaf group (Muslim converts), kitchen assistance scheme for Asnaf (eligible tithe recipient) and Wakaf assistance scheme for the Labuan Nuqleus Hospital.

“A total of RM759,000 was disbursed last Saturday night for the Dapur It’am programme which provides breaking-fast meals for the asnaf group, Covid-19 frontliners and the needy, RM1.23 million for Musaadah Tijariyah Programme, RM271, 000 to surau and mosques for religious activities, and the remaining for other programmes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Marzuk said the RM8.6 million Sungai Bedaun mosque project is almost complete and expected to receive its congregation in June this year.

“I visited the project site today and it is now 80 per cent complete...I also visited the construction project of a religious school in Kg Sg Bedaun, which is estimated to cost over RM70 million and several mosques that are undergoing refurbishment works costing RM2.3 million. 

“MAIWP is doing its best to provide conducive facilities for the Muslim community in Labuan,” he said.

Earlier, he presented “duit raya” to 92 Asnaf children in conjunction with the coming Aidilfitri celebration, which is also part of the MAIWP’s annual corporate social responsibility initiative.


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