The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, today expressed his dismay with the existence of anti-vaccination groups in the state.
Spoken through a statement delivered on his behalf by his private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, His Royal Highness “is concerned that if there were still individuals and groups that are too stubborn to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, the target to get herd immunity will not be achieved and this would place the country in a more difficult and dangerous pandemic crisis.”
His Royal Highness believes in the effectiveness of the vaccine and lamented the fact that Selangor has the highest number of daily cases in the country.
In Malaysia, anti-vaccination groups and individuals, or “anti-vaxxers”, began to raise alarms in 2019, after a 3-month old baby boy in Tuaran, Sabah, was diagnosed with a vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) — the first reported case in the country in nearly three decades.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers of anti-vaxxers continue to rise in Malaysia, with individuals spreading fear and misinformation on social media sites and the popular mobile platform, Whatsapp. The government has increasingly warned against this, urging the public to refer their questions and concerns regarding the vaccine to MOH-approved bodies.
Finishing off his statement, His Royal Highness also conveyed his appreciation for the frontliners from government and private hospitals, as well as health clinics, for their tireless dedication in the fight against COVID-19