Malaysian Health Minister asks politicians to dress up as many are unhealthy, fat, SE Asia News & Top Stories


KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Saturday (October 23rd) reminded his political colleagues to put on their masks during meetings, seeing that “many politicians suffer from diabetes, hypertension and are probably obese “.

His recall came as the country recently re-authorized interstate travel after months of lockdowns and relaxation of rules on mass gatherings.

This has led to congested roads, while restaurants, tourist spots and shopping centers are teeming with Malaysians tired of Covid-19.

In an Instagram story on his official account, Mr Khairy warned Malaysians against letting the country become like Britain.

He said Britain is experiencing a new wave of Covid-19 infections, in part because of the population’s refusal to wear masks.

“Not-so-sweet reminder. Keep your masks on. Especially the politicians.

“More and more of my colleagues are seen in photos at meetings without a mask. Many politicians have diabetes, high blood pressure and are probably obese,” he wrote.

“If you catch Covid-19, even with the vaccine, it won’t be fun and fun. The UK is experiencing a wave, in part because of its stubborn refusal to hide. Don’t be the UK. just hide it up, ”Khairy added.

Malaysia from October 11 allowed travel between its 13 states and three federal territories after full vaccinations for its adult population reached 90%.

As of Friday, October 22, 94.4% of its adult population was fully vaccinated, according to the government website CovidNow. Of the total population, 72.2% were fully vaccinated.

Malaysia is now focusing on vaccinating its teenage population, with 80.8% of those aged 12 to 17 having received at least one dose of the vaccine on Friday. They include 43.6 percent of adolescents who are fully immunized.

Malaysia reported 5,828 cases on Saturday, the 21st day the daily load remained below the 10,000 mark, and well below the record high of 24,599 on August 26.

The country has also seen a sharp drop in the number of deaths per day, as recorded by deaths by date.

There were 28 deaths by date recorded on October 20 and six on October 21, the latest data available on the CovidNow website. This compares to the highest single-day death toll recorded on August 10, with 407 deaths.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, 74, and his wife Noorainee Abdul Rahman, 69, received Covid-19 reminders at a vaccination center on Saturday.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin is currently chairman of the government’s National Recovery Council which is examining the country’s recovery path after Covid-19.

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