Anti-vaxx groups may already be facing laws like the Sedition and Multimedia Acts.
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The government is considering the idea of taking legal action against anti-vaccine groups in the country if they have been found to incite public opinion against the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today (4 June), he has asked the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) to study the possibility to make the vaccination compulsory for everyone if numbers of those registered in the programme are still far from achieving herd immunity.
We don’t want only half (of the Malaysian population) get vaccinated, and the other half because it will have consequences.Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after his visit to the vaccination centre (PPV) at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC
Anti-vaxx groups are a concern among the public
In another statement made today (4 June), Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said that herd immunity must be achieved in order to make it safe for the public given the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is their individual right not to be vaccinated. But their campaign has unsettled the publicHome Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin today (4 June) after visiting a shopping mall
This comes after Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said anti-vaxxers may already face Sedition and Multimedia Acts, especially those spreading fake news related to vaccines.
Besides that, the Multimedia Act also has a category of offences under which we can take action. Currently with the Emergency being enforced, the Communications and Multimedia Ministry has also created an emergency ordinance related to anti-fake news and the government can take action under this law.– Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan (27 May)
This also comes after the news last week (27 May) when Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said Malaysia may start issuing fines to those who fail to show up for their Covid-19 vaccination appointments.
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