Kelantan executive councillor Izani Husin says he never put pressure on the Health Department. (Facebook pic)

KOTA BHARU: A Kelantan executive councillor has denied an allegation that 200 members of the state secretary’s office had jumped the queue to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Izani Husin, who heads the local government, housing and health committee, said a viral account on social media was untrue and had been carried out with malicious intent.

He said the state government has never interfered with the process of determining recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine in the state, which was carried out by the Health Department.

“As the person who handles this matter (vaccination), I do not discuss any list of names and have never put pressure on the department to give the injection to leaders first before giving it to the frontliners,” he said.

A Selayang Hospital nephrologist, Dr Rafidah Abdullah, had posted on Twitter a screenshot of a message that she said she had received, in which it was alleged that nurses and frontline workers listed as early recipients of the vaccine had to make way for 200 members from the SUK (the state secretary’s office).

In response, Khairy Jamaluddin, the minister coordinating the Covid-19 immunisation programme, vowed to investigate claims of queue jumpers, and urged whistleblowers to inform him by email, anonymously, at [email protected]

Rafidah had said that certain people were able to skip the queues to be vaccinated. She said the ministry should consider an independent channel for the public to lodge complaints.


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