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Sunday, February 28, 2021

KJ calls for whistleblowers as more vaccine queue-jumping complaints emerge

 


Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin called for whistleblowers to come forward amid more complaints of alleged attempts to jump the queue for the Covid-19 vaccine.

He said this in response to consultant physician and nephrologist Dr Rafidah Abdullah who highlighted complaints that officials from the Kelantan state secretariat were trying to jump the queue.

Malaysiakini previously also highlighted complaints from staff at Serdang Hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they could face disciplinary action, about a proposal to prioritise hospital administrators and influencers but the Health Ministry dismissed this as "fake news". 

Since then, this news portal had received two more similar complaints, one related to the Kelantan state secretariat as highlighted by Rafidah and another in Penang involving senior district officials.

"I view this queue-jumping issue seriously. I have informed the matter to Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to ensure no queue-jumping.

"Whistleblowers can email anonymously directly to me at kj@mosti.gov.my and I will investigate," Khairy said on Twitter.

The minister added that his team has been monitoring complaints of vaccine queue-jumping on social media.

"We take every expos√© seriously. Vaccine equity is important," he said.

Earlier, Rafidah shared a message claiming that the Kelantan state secretariat had asked for 200 doses of vaccines to be reserved for 200 officials.

The message claimed that the state secretariat had refused to reveal the list of who will be vaccinated until the day of vaccination itself.

It added that this meant that medical frontliners who needed the vaccine had to be pushed back. - Mkini

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