No Problem Working With Sabah, Says Health Minister

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal may have been sidelined by one federal ministry but another gave its vote of approval to him here today.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said Shafie fully understood the issues facing the country and had been proactive in taking actions recommended by the ministry.

“It is these good relations and network that have allowed us to be successful in containing Covid-19 in Sabah,” he told reporters after meeting Shafie at his office here.

“For the sake of national safety, politics or other issues should not be taken into consideration. We all have to work together.”

Towards this end he said the ministry had been interacting with the state health director and state health minister so that any information or efforts could be coordinated.

Dr Adham said Shafie would be involved at the state level for the nationwide community campaign to be launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on July 24.

“This means, we will work together to overcome Covid-19,” he said to a question on how his ministry would be working with the opposition led state government.

His assurance on working together comes just after the Sabah Education Department withdrew an invitation to Shafie to be the guest honour at the state-level Teacher’s Day launch here today.

It sparked concerns as to whether the federal government was cutting off working relations with the opposition state.

In another development, Dr Adham said the return of students to schools on July 15 would be another test on checking the spread of Covid-19.

He said it was important that everyone followed the standard operating procedures put in place to ensure that no new cluster starts.