Photos and allegations of VIPs jumping queue at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Kuching, Sarawak have surfaced online, sparking outrage
"Is it true that YBs, Datuks, and Datins are cutting the persons with disabilities (OKU) queue at Indoor Stadium today?" asked a Twitter user on Tuesday, 18 May.
The photos and text messages that went viral claim several politicians and their spouses arrived at the centre and were immediately shown to the booths in front of the line.
The allegations state that the VIPs were allowed by the People's Volunteer Corps (RELA) members to cut the line
"The OKU queue was shorter than normal queue so all the YB cut the queue there," said a text message that accompanied the widely circulated photos.
The messages said many of the OKU members were already there waiting for hours when different parties of VIPs came throughout the day and further held up the line.
"The whole hall was making noise. The VIPs knew that people were complaining about them, but they just walked in and out with straight faces, ignoring the ruckus... as if we don't exist."
The public complaints have reached the attention of Bandar Kuching member of Parliament (MP) Dr Kelvin Yii, who called on authorities to investigate the matter
Yii said he had received complaints and photos from the public since yesterday, and if such allegations were true, they have to be addressed.
"We shouldn't be allowing any double standards and anyone to cut queue regardless of status, especially in areas reserved for those with special needs," he said, as quoted by Free Malaysia Today.
He urged the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee and the Ministry of Health (MOH) to look into these claims and to put a stop to such actions.
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