The youth wings of Penang MCA and Gerakan have lodged police report on the alleged donation of two million doses of Sinovac vaccine to the Penang government.
On the matter, Penang MCA Youth chief Lim Swee Bok said, “I believe Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has good intention to get vaccines, but the Penang government should be vigilant and responsible by carrying out due diligence in the matter.”
Also, Bukit Mertajam MCA division Youth chief Tan Yang Pang have lodged a police report at the Central Seberang Prai district headquarters in Bukit Mertajam. Joining him were Youth committee members from Permatang Pauh and Bagan MCA divisions.
Lim explained the Federal Government had been cast in a bad light on the matter, but speeding up the vaccination schedule is one thing, the state government must also be careful in its approach.
He said, “at this critical time, both the ruling and opposition parties should work together to keep the outbreak at bay and focus on the well-being of the people, instead of ‘attacking’ the Federal Government.”
On Tuesday, during a press conference, Chow and former finance minister Lim Guan Eng both claimed that the Federal Government was blocking Penang from securing the Sinovac vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
However, on Wednesday, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin explained that the vaccine sponsorship to the Penang government was a scam after an investigation.
It was said that the donor’s company did not even exist.
Moreover, MCA vice-president Datuk Tan Teik Cheng believed the DAP-led government should have done a background check on the company.
In a statement, Tan said, “is it too difficult for a government which prides itself on competence, accountability and transparency to carry out such a move? The latest developments seem to suggest that the state government is tunnel-visioned in politicizing the issue.”
Meanwhile, Penang Gerakan Youth spokesman Mohd Aswaad Jaafar lodged a police report over the matter and called on Chow to lodge a police report, saying that he must defend his good name as the chief minister.