KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — The Pahang state government has retracted its initial decision to deny government services to people who do not want to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have not registered for their jabs.
According to a poster uploaded on the Pahang state government’s official Facebook page last Wednesday, all those who wish to seek services at the state government’s offices or counters will be requested to verify that they have registered for Covid-19 vaccines through the federal government’s MySejahtera app and the state’s Sistem Imunisasi Covid-19 Pahang (SICP) website.
Customers will also be asked to confirm that they have agreed to receive Covid-19 vaccines or that they have already been vaccinated. However, the Pahang state government has since deleted its Facebook post.
Instead, the Barisan Nasional (BN) state administration now states that customers who wish to seek services at government offices and counters are “encouraged” to register for Covid-19 vaccination through MySejahtera.
Pahang Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) director Johari Alwi, however, said in a statement last Wednesday that the state disaster management task force has decided to reject land applications and to deny all government financial assistance, including Social Welfare Department aid and RM7.8 million in relief funds, to those who have not registered for Covid-19 vaccination.
He told Malaysiakini yesterday that his statement was not a threat, but an alarm call to the indigenous to get vaccinated.
Federal Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has previously reassured Malaysians that Covid-19 vaccination would not be made mandatory.
As of May 26, about 5.9 per cent of Pahang’s total population have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine — one of several states that have exceeded 5 per cent vaccination coverage.
A total of 442,434 people in Pahang have registered for their shots, about 36 per cent of their 1.2 million population aged 18 and above.