PETALING JAYA | Cuepacs wants the government to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory in light of various views being expressed on the legal provisions that can be used against workers who do not want to be vaccinated.
Cuepacs president Adnan Mat said the current ambiguity could result in hasty actions against groups that still rejected vaccines.
He said the government should issue clear guidelines immediately on action to be taken against civil servants who refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
He called for a special committee to review the existing laws related to infectious diseases and vaccination with the intention of coming up with a law to make vaccination compulsory.
“The absence of clear guidelines or laws on vaccination will only expose the government to the risk of legal action,” he said in a statement today.
“This matter needs to be addressed immediately by the government to prevent employers from taking action, based on their own assumptions, against employees who do not want the vaccine.”
Adnan stressed that all civil servants need to get vaccinated to ensure the public service delivery system is not disrupted.
“Clear guidelines or circulars on the issue of vaccination among employees, including civil servants, should be issued to ensure they are not discriminated against for refusing to be vaccinated.”
In a Twitter post yesterday, education minister Radzi Jidin said teachers who have not been vaccinated will not be allowed to return to school for physical classes.
He said around 2,500 teachers had refused to get vaccinated so far.
Separately, health minister Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday said he would be discussing a proposal to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for teachers.
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim recently met with 779 teachers in the state who had refused the vaccine. About half of them were later found to have delayed their vaccine appointments due to pregnancies, allergies, and other health conditions.
However, he said 396 of them had rejected the vaccine due to “doubts” they had.
It was earlier reported that army sergeant Wan Ramly Wan Seman was given a dishonorable discharge for refusing the Covid-19 jab, resulting in him losing his pension which would have been about RM2,200 a month.