Syed Saddiq Questions Gov’s Decision To Delay Vaccinations Due To Ramadan Prayers

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When news broke of the government’s decision to stop administering vaccine shots at night throughout the month of Ramadan with the reason that people will not come due to tarawih prayers, which are only done during fasting month, many were left perplexed by the ruling.

According to Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali, the vaccine shots will be given until the evening to avoid any disruption when it comes to prayers.

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It turns out, the community weren’t the only ones left scratching their heads because Muar MP Syed Saddiq began questioning the government’s priorities by pointing out that vaccinations are of the utmost importance and delaying it would go against the national immunisation programme.

Achieving herd immunity by reaching the target of 80% vaccinated population should be our main goal.

He voiced his concerns in a Facebook post where he wrote, “Are Malaysians made up only of those who observe Ramadan? If the turn to be vaccinated is delayed during the fasting month, when is the next turn? The Health Ministry should think of ways to speed up the vaccination programme, not delay because of the fasting month.”

Here it is in full:

Hairan betul dengan perlaksanaan program vaksinasi ini.

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Posted by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman on Monday, April 12, 2021


With cases continuing to rise, putting more of the community at risk for contracting the virus, the push for vaccinations should remain a priority, regardless if it’s Ramadan or not.