KPKT to increase vaccine allocation for Movak programme

Five states namely Sabah, Johor, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan are experiencing a slow vaccination rate with rising Covid-19 cases

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by BERNAMA

THE Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) plans to establish the second round of the Community Vaccine Mobilisation (Movak) programme which will be more inclusive, said its newly minted minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (picture).

Reezal Merican, who clocked in as the new Housing and Local Government minister on Wednesday, said the vaccine allocation for Movak 2.0 will also be increased to include residents of the People’s Housing Project (PPR).

“Among the initiatives that have been implemented by KPKT is the Movak programme which is to ensure all the economic frontliners, hawkers and traders are able to provide a safe environment in their businesses so that people can have normalcy.

“In addition, we could also give priority to other stakeholders such as the PPR residents, particularly those who are in the bottom five states in receiving vaccine supply.

“I will be meeting with the Health Ministry for this particular request, which is to increase the vaccine allocation under the Movak programme,” he told reporters during a media briefing in Putrajaya yesterday.

Disclosing details of the vaccine distribution under the programme, Reezal Merican said 33,000 doses out of the 40,000 allocated first doses have been distributed and the second dose distribution will begin on Sept 22.

He added that his ministry is collating the data from District Health Offices on the vaccination percentage for all 140 PPRs in the country.

It was recently revealed that five states namely Sabah, Johor, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan are currently experiencing a slow vaccination rate with rising Covid-19 cases.

Reezal Merican also disclosed a plan of providing subsidised accommodations for people who have lost their homes due to the pandemic.

“While we are helping those with affected income due to the pandemic, we must not forget those who have lost their homes due to the pandemic.

“We are planning to provide accommodation for them, a liveable house with a very minimal rent for two years. However, should the situation require us to give them a moratorium, we will also consider that,” he said, adding that details are still being fine-tuned.

Commenting on his new portfolio helming the ministry, Reezal Merican said he intended to focus on the efforts to alleviate the repercussions of the Covid-19, as well as to continue the efforts that have been put forward by his predecessor.

“It is a big shift for me and I am taking over a ministry with extensive and comprehensive policies and is very connected to the people. This ministry has 10 policies at the moment.

“I do not want to do a major shake-up. These are well-thought policies and we do not want to change those just because a new minister has come in.

“What is important to us is to attend to matters that are burdening the people and related to easing the aftermath of the pandemic. I will continue the agendas that have been established to fight the Covid-19,” he said.

Reezal Merican was named the KPKT minister under Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s Cabinet, replacing Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, who is currently helming the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry.