KUALA LUMPUR: The government must expedite the vaccination process in Sabah rather than treat the state like a stepchild, Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (Warisan-Sepanggar) said in the Dewan Rakyat today.
He said the percentage of Sabahans who have been inoculated is low compared to the vaccination rates in other states.
Thus, he said, this will frustrate the efforts by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor who had set a target of getting 2.7 million people from the state to be fully vaccinated by October.
"In Sabah, the data shows that only 618,000 Sabahans have received their first dose and only about 378,000 have been fully vaccinated, which means only 9.7 per cent of Sabah's total population have gotten their jabs.
"This also means that five months after the vaccines arrived in Sabah, about 300,000 people have been vaccinated and this is why we in Sabah feel like we are a stepchild," he told the House.
In September last year, the Sabah state election was held where Gabungan Rakyat Sabah, an alliance between Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and their allies led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, won the election.
The Sabah election was triggered following the dissolution of the state assembly by Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal after Tan Sri Musa Aman attempted a takeover of the state government with several defectors.
Soon after the election, the number of Covid-19 positive cases nationwide went up dramatically from single-digit to thousands of cases daily.
Today, 17,405 new cases were recorded, bringing the cumulative total of Covid-19 infections in the country to 1,061,476.