No doubts should exist over use of vaccines, says Mujahid

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa (in orange baju Melayu) and his wife, Zuraida Husin, attending a Chinese New Year celebration at a school in Subang Jaya today.

SUBANG JAYA: All vaccines produced in Malaysia have been approved by the authorities and the question of whether they are haram do not arise, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said today.

Mujahid, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, also said the Cabinet had discussed making vaccination compulsory for babies.

The Prime Minister’s Department had also discussed the matter with the Federal Territories’ Mufti Department.

“A national fatwa was issued.

“As such, debate on whether such vaccines are haram or otherwise should not arise,” he said after attending a Chinese New Year celebration at a school here today.

The food displayed at the Chinese New Year function.

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad yesterday said a proposal would be tabled to the Cabinet to make it compulsory for babies and children to be vaccinated.

Concern over such vaccinations spiked after a two-year-old boy from Johor Bahru was reported to have died of diphtheria last week.

Four out of the five children who died of this preventable disease last year had not been vaccinated by parents, mainly due to religious reasons.

On another matter, Mujahid urged police to act fast to catch those who placed the statue of a deity at the entrance of a surau in Taman Pendamar, Klang.

He said the matter may cause provocation if not solved quickly.

“We do not want to see the harmony in our country tainted by such action. The culprits should be brought to justice quickly.”

Last week, the residents were shocked to find the statue of a deity, ”Datuk Kong”, beside the main entrance of Surau Sabilul Huda.

It is believed that the statue was stolen from a shrine in front of a house nearby.

Yesterday, two more statues were found outside the same surau by residents.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had yesterday instructed police to investigate as it was deemed “deplorable, seditious and a highly provocative act to insult Islam and undermine racial and religious harmony”.