KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — PKR today told Khairy Jamaluddin to hold a March 18 parliamentary briefing for all Opposition MPs on the Covid-19 vaccination programme, after the vaccine minister offered to brief Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders.
PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil, in a statement today, was referring to a letter by Khairy to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim dated February 26, in which Khairy offered to give a briefing on the National Covid-19 Immunisation Plan to Anwar and the top PH leadership.
Khairy, in his letter, said that the briefing will include the details on the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines.
Fahmi said that the letter was well received by the PKR office on March 2. Following that, top PH leaders met the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat to ask that MPs be allowed to attend Parliament on March 18.
After that, a PH presidential council meeting decided that the vaccine briefing should be for all Opposition MPs in Parliament on March 18, and not just the PH leadership.
“This is to ensure that all opposition MPs can help in the fight against Covid-19, including the immunisation programme,” Fahmi said in a statement.
“Keadilan and all opposition blocs should be ready to play a role in the war against Covid-19 and we look forward to the discussion with YB Khairy on March 18.”
Recently, de facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan said that there will be no parliamentary sitting until the emergency order ends, which is scheduled on August 1.
Meanwhile, on March 5, Khairy had briefed DAP MPs Lim Guan Eng, Dr Kelvin Yii, Ong Kian Ming, and Steven Sim on the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
DAP, in their statement, said they fully support the programme and hope that it will be implemented effectively and equitably as fast as possible for the benefit of Malaysians.
During their meeting with the science, technology, and innovation minister, the DAP lawmakers raised several issues to Khairy, among which included the queue-cutting issue, specific parameters for vulnerable groups, a comprehensive framework to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sector, as well as effective and strategic communications in determining the success of the immunisation programme.