Endemic phase postponed due to Omicron and floods, maximum penalties on fake vaccination certificates’ issuer – Hishammuddin

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KUALA LUMPUR JAN.11: Fake vaccination certificates alleged to have been issued by health practitioners is a serious offence and those found guilty should be sentenced with the maximum penalties.

Chairman of Ministers’ Quartet COVID-19 Meeting and Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, this kind of offence is difficult to accept and cannot be apologized as profits are made at the expense of the people’s lives and health.

“With fake vaccination certificates, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the initiatives to open the national borders with safety measures will not be effective,” Hishammuddin said in a press conference here today.

The Senior Minister stressed that such activities do happen in other countries and as such the authorities should take actions the soonest possible.

In another development, Hishammuddin said, the announcement of the endemic phase has to be postponed as the government is monitoring the Omicron variant infections, effects from the floods and travellers from abroad.

Hishammuddin added, to shift into endemic phase is not easy but Malaysia is able to implement it provided all parties have to remain alert, responsible and adhere to SOPs and have the confidence on the effectiveness of vaccine including booster dose, tracing COVID-19 test in stages and practice TRIIS in the best possible ways.

Hishammudin emphasized that the Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin in the meeting today has reported that there are 245 Omicron cases in Malaysia and majority of the variant infections are originated from travellers returning from abroad.

Regarding the Thaipusam that will be celebrated on 17th Jan.and Chinese New Year on 1st Feb.2022, Hishammuddin said, MOH has discussed with the relevant stakeholders on the SOPs and the Ministry concerned will announce it shortly.

“Today the Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and Chief Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tan Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob were invited to the meeting to discuss on Vaccinated Travel Lane (VCL).

“Both the invited guests had presented their discussion details with the counterparts in Singapore and their proposals to improvise the future initiatives. Among others they are looking at the opportunities to implement VTL with Indonesia and Thailand.

“However it will depend on the COVID-19 situation not only in the two countries but also in Malaysia,” Hishammuddin said. –Malaysia World News

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