Dr Noor Azmi: Irresponsible to question DG’s credibility

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DEPUTY Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (picture) has slammed individuals, be it the public or politicians, who undermined Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s efforts in battling Covid-19 in the country.

He was surprised by those who disputed Dr Noor Hisham’s credibility and sacrifices to curb the spread of the virus.

“Those who have disputed the responsibilities carried out by Dr Noor Hisham are irresponsible and illogical,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Noor Azmi said he is not supporting the health DG because they work in the ministry together, but also because he knew how dedicated Dr Noor Hisham has been in handling his daily tasks to put an end to the deadly virus.

He added that Dr Noor Hisham is very committed to ensuring the people are protected from the virus since it hit the country earlier this year.

“If we refer to the frontliners, Dr Noor Hisham is the first person in the frontline who is battling the virus,” he added.

His statement was a response to MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing’s (Barisan Nasional-Bintulu) remarks in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday who claimed that Dr Noor Hisham had not visited Covid-19 red zones such as Sabah.

He also said the DG was “afraid to die” and questioned why he was only making daily appearances to the press instead of going on the ground.

Tiong’s remarks caused an uproar in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday with MPs from Pakatan Harapan (PH) forcing him to retract his statement.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said then made a ruling where Tiong can either apologise and retract his statement or explain himself.

Tiong refused to retract his statement and instead said he was merely voicing out remarks made by the public.

Due to that, MP RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) was booted out from the Dewan Rakyat after he refused to stand down after Tiong’s refusal to retract his statement.

Another MP, Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Kepong) was also barred from the Dewan Rakyat for five days after he called the ruling made by Azalina “stupid”.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said he had read the hansard and advised all MPs to control the words used but he cannot overrule the ruling made by Azalina on Wednesday.

“I do not have the power to revisit the ruling that was made,” he said yesterday.

Read our earlier report here