STATEMENT BY HM THE SULTAN OF JOHOR
Everytime when it seems like we have turned a corner for the better against Covid-19, the number of cases spikes again.
A sense of hopelessness and recklessness has begun to set in.
We are now at a very critical juncture. The number of cases show no sign of abating and several states, including Johor, have now become high risk states.
The rakyat must not ignore SOP’s even when they have been vaccinated against the virus. Please remember to take care of yourselves and each other, because many are taking SOP’s lightly and behaving as though the pandemic is already over.
This dangerous attitude will only burden our healthcare facilities and if it continues, the prospect will be very grim.
As well-managed as our healthcare system may be, everything has a limit and breaching it will have unthinkable consequences.
I hope enforcement agencies will come down hard and justly against those flouting SOP laws. We cannot allow the situation to get out of control, like the dire situation in India now.
It is my hope that the state government will also make wise decisions and act in the best interests of the rakyat. I also urge all Johoreans to register their turn for vaccinations. Trust our medical experts, and don’t believe rumours.
As the Sultan of Johor, I am very concerned about the well-being and safety of the rakyat of Johor. I do not wish to hear more sad news of families grieving for lost ones. To that end, we must all play our part and be responsible for everyone in the state of Johor.
If a strict movement control order is indeed necessary to save lives, let it be the last one and ensure everyone does their part to make it work. Sacrifices must be made for the greater good of all. It is better to be safe than to be sorry.
HM Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
Sultan of Johor
2 May 2021