Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Bangi merangkap Pembantu Pengarah Pendidikan Politik Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) pada 17 Julai 2021

Terima kasih atas peluang yang diberikan untuk memainkan peranan yang membina dalam Operasi Lonjakan Kapasiti di Lembah Klang

Saya ingin berterima kasih kepada YAB Dato Seri Amirudin Shari, Menteri Besar Selangor, kerana memberikan saya peluang untuk mengkoordinasi peningkatan proses vaksinasi COVID19 dalam industri di Selangor bersama dengan agensi kerajaan persekutuan yang berkenaan sebagai sebahagian daripada “Operasi Lonjakan Kapasiti” (OLK). Tujuan OLK ini adalah untuk memastikan setiap orang dewasa di Lembah Klang (Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur) menerima sekurang-kurangnya SATU dos vaksin Covid-19 menjelang 1 Ogos. Saya juga ingin berterima kasih kepada Menteri Koordinasi Vaksin COVID19, YB Khairy Jamaluddin kerana bersetuju untuk mengadakan temujanji ini dan juga untuk inisiatif beliau untuk melaksanakan OLK memandangkan terdapat jumlah kes COVID19 yang sangat tinggi di Lembah Klang dalam dua minggu yang lepas. Saya tidak sabar untuk bekerjasama dengan Dato’ Teng Chang Kim, yang bertanggungjawab ke atas pelaksanaan program industri SELVAX di Selangor bersama dengan pasukan beliau yang berkebolehan di SELCARE, dan juga dengan Senator Dato’ Lim Ban Hong, Timbalan Menteri MITI yang bertanggungjawab ke atas pelaksanaan program PIKAS untuk sektor pembuatan di Malaysia bersama dengan pasukannya yang berkebolehan di MITI.

Masih terdapat banyak kerja untuk dilakukan untuk meningkatkan kapasiti pemberian vaksin yang akan menyaksikan 1.3 juta dos vaksin diedarkan daripada 26 Julai sehingga 1 Ogos 2021, di mana kira-kira 500,000 dos akan diedarkan kepada pekerja di industri (250,000 untuk program SELVAX dan 250,000 untuk program PIKAS MITI). Perkara ini bermakna kapasiti harian di Lembah Klang perlu ditingkatkan daripada 180,000 dos sehari (purata 14 ke 18 Julai) kepada 210,000 dos sehari (untuk tempoh dari 19 Julai ke 25 Julai) dan kemudiannya ditingkatkan lagi ke sekurang-kurangnya 272,000 dos sehari untuk tempoh di antara 26 Julai ke 1 Ogos (lihat Rajah 1 di bawah). Perkara ini memerlukan peningkatan edaran dos vaksin di PPV sedia ada di bawah PICK, dan juga 5 tempat di bawah program SELVAX sedia ada, dan pusat PIKAS yang akan dibuka tidak lama lagi di Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur. 

MITI dan SELCARE (yang melaksanakan program SELVAX) perlu memastikan terdapat koordinasi di antara kedua-dua badan ini untuk mengelakkan pertindihan di antara syarikat yang mahu memberikan vaksin kepada pekerja mereka dalam tempoh pelaksanaan OLK ini. Perlu juga terdapat komunikasi yang jelas di antara MITI dan SELCARE untuk mengenal pasti syarikat yang telah mendaftar untuk kedua-dua program (SELVAX dan PIKAS) dan mengenal pasti syarikat yang belum mendaftar untuk mana-mana program. Sebagai contoh, syarikat yang rela dan mampu membayar untuk program SELVAX patut kekal dengan program tersebut manakala syarikat yang tidak mampu untuk mendapatkan vaksin melalui program SELVAX boleh menunggu dan memohon kepada program PIKAS MITI. Lebih banyak tempat pemberian vaksin PIKAS dan SELVAX mungkin perlu dibuka untuk membolehkan pengedaran lebih banyak vaksin. 

SELCARE juga perlu bekerjasama dengan MySejahtera untuk memastikan status mereka yang telah divaksinasikan dengan program SELVAX dikemaskini secepat mungkin supaya mereka tidak pula diberikan slot vaksinasi dalam MySejahtera. Kebolehan MySejahtera untuk mengemaskini pangkalan data mereka untuk mengambil kira vaksinasi SELVAX ini amatlah penting dalam membolehkan program OLK ini untuk mencapai objektif vaksinasi penuh di Lembah Klang menjelang 1 Ogos. 

Butiran lain perlu diperkemaskan oleh semua pemegang taruh dalam tempoh minggu hadapan, sebelum OLK bermula dengan kapasiti penuh dalam minggu yang bermula pada 26 Julai 2021. Kita perlu bekerjasama dan meletakkan politik ke tepi untuk membolehkan OLK ini berjaya bagi menurunkan jumlah kes harian COVID19, dan lebih penting lagi, supaya jumlah kes COVID19 yang serius yang memerlukan kemasukan ke hospital dan unit rawatan rapi juga dapat dikurangkan. 

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant Political Education Director for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 17th of July, 2021

Thankful for the opportunity to play a constructive role in Operation Surge Capacity in the Klang Valley

I would like to thank YAB, Dato Seri Amirudin Shari, Menteri Besar of Selangor, for giving me the opportunity to coordinate the ramp up of COVID19 vaccinations among the industry in Selangor together with the relevant federal agencies as part of “Operation Surge Capacity” (OSC).[1] The purpose of OSC is to ensure that every single adult in the Klang Valley (Selangor and KL) receives at least ONE dose of one of the COVID19 vaccines by the 1st of August. I would also like to express my thanks to the Coordinating Minister for the COVID19 vaccine rollout, YB Khairy Jamaluddin for agreeing to this appointment and for his initiative in coming up with OSC in light of the high number of cases in the Klang Valley over the past two weeks.[2] I look forward to working with Dato’ Teng Chang Kim, who is overseeing the rollout of the SELVAX Industry program in Selangor, and his capable team at SELCARE and also Senator Dato’ Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of MITI, who is overseeing the rollout of the PIKAS program for the manufacturing sector in Malaysia, and his capable team at MITI.

There is still much work to be done to prepare for this ramp up which will see 1.3m doses of vaccines being administered from the 26th of July to the 1st of August 2021 out of which 500,000 doses will be administered for industry workers (250,000 for SELVAX Industry and 250,000 for MITI’s PIKAS). This means that the daily capacity in the Klang Valley will have to be increased from 180,000 daily doses currently (14th to 18th of July) to 210,000 daily doses (from 19th to the 25th of July) and then to at least 272,000 daily doses from the 26th of July to the 1st of August 2021 (Diagram 1 below). This would require an increase in the daily doses administered by the current PPVs under PICK, in the existing 5 sites that are already operating under SELVAX Industry and in the current and soon to be opened PIKAS sites in Selangor and KL.

MITI and SELCARE (who runs the SELVAX Industry program) will have to coordinate to minimize the amount of overlap between companies that want to get their workers vaccinated during the OSC. There also needs to be clear communication by MITI and SELCARE for those companies which have signed up for both programs (SELVAX Industry and PIKAS) and those who have yet to sign up for any program. For example, those who are willing and able to pay for the SELVAX Industry program should remain committed to this program while those who may not be able to afford the SELVAX Industry program can wait and / or apply for the MITI PIKAS program. More PIKAS and SELVAX Industry vaccination sites may have to be opened to cater to the increase in the number of vaccinations.

SELCARE will also have to work MySejahtera to push for those who have been vaccinated under the SELVAX program to have their MySejahtera status updated as soon as possible so that these individuals won’t be allocated slots by MySejahtera to go for their vaccination appointments. The ability of MySejatera to update its database to reflect the SELVAX vaccinations is especially important in impacting the ability of OSC to reach its objective of reaching full vaccination in the Klang Valley by the 1st of August.

Other details will have to be worked out by all of the stakeholders next week, before the OSC begins full force on the week starting 26th of July, 2021. We must work together closely and put politics aside in order for the OSC to work so as to bring down the number of COVID19 daily cases and more importantly, those with serious COVID19 cases and needs to be hospitalized and put in the ICU.

Diagram 1: Key figures in Operation Surge Capacity (OSC) to achieve full vaccination among adults 18 and over in the Klang Valley (Selangor and KL)




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[1] https://twitter.com/AmirudinShari/status/1416015854886473728

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObeHAhqSotg (Minute 10) and https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/07/16/khairy-operation-surge-capacity-to-ensure-every-klang-valley-adult-gets-fir/1990440

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and committee member of the Prevention of Outbreak at Ignition Sites (POIS) under the Selangor Taskforce on COVID19 (STFC) on the 1st of July, 2021

Prioritize Vaccination for Factories and Industries in Selangor to reduce the number and severity of COVID19 cases in the Klang Valley and nationwide

Yesterday, the number of COVID19 positive cases in Selangor reached 2836 cases out of a total of 6276 cases nationwide or 45% of total cases. It is likely that the number of cases will remain high in Selangor for another few weeks for a variety of reasons including the possible spread of the more infectious DELTA variant, and the continued infection of workers via their hostel / dormitory accommodations. There is an urgent need for the PIKAS program at the federal level and for the SELVAX Industry program in Selangor to run concurrently so that the vaccination of workers at factories and construction sites can be ramped up to reduce the number and severity of transmissions in the Klang Valley. We can only reach the “magical” figure of below 4000 COVID19 cases nationally that will allow the Phase 2 opening of the economy under the National Recovery Plan (NRP), when the number of cases in the Klang Valley is reduced. By saving Selangor, we can save the entire country.

The Selangor Menteri Besar, YAB Amirudin Shari, announced yesterday that 81% of the active clusters are factory related (or more accurately, related to the factory workers accommodation quarters) while 11% are construction site related.[1] When we drill down the numbers, the situation is even clearer at the national level. Of the total 325 new factory clusters identified since the start of MCO 3.0 in May 2021, 199 or 36.6% are in Selangor or Selangor related (meaning that part of the cluster started in Selangor and is part of a larger Klang Valley cluster). Of the 10802 positive cases identified in the factories nationwide during MCO 3.0 (including the lockdown period), 4891 were in Selangor or 45.3%. This is because Selangor has a higher number of factories and also more workers per factory than other states.

Under the SELVAX program for industries in Selangor, approximately 2 million doses have been set aside for 1 million workers for industries in the state, covering manufacturing, construction, retail, and others. The manufacturing and construction sectors should be given priority because of the high percentage of foreign workers, many of whom are living in very cramped living quarters. The industrial and construction zones which have recorded a high number of COVID19 cases in the past 2 months should be prioritized, for example those in Hulu Langat, Petaling and Klang districts. These vaccination programs should take place in the industrial zones or nearby, to minimize travelling for the workers since there is some fear that undocumented workers may be targeted by the immigration authorities, and the risk is higher when they venture farther from their workplaces and accommodation quarters.

Due to the high number of workers in the manufacturing and construction sectors in Selangor, the PIKAS program under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) which is focused on vaccinating workers in the manufacturing sector should run concurrently with the SELVAX industry vaccination program. To date, two sites in Selangor have been identified as PIKAS sites namely the Setia Alam Convention Center and the Shah Alam Convention Center. The number of PIKAS sites in Selangor should be increased and should be located at the industrial and construction zones or nearby.

The PIKAS program charges approximately RM90 (to cover the administration fee for two doses, vaccines are provided free by the Federal Government) while under the SELVAX industry program, two doses will cost RM350. Therefore, MITI should ideally focus the PIKAS program on the SMEs that are less able to fork out as much compared to the large MNCs. I strongly recommend for MITI and STFC (with SELANGKAH and POIS) to sit down together to discuss the strategy for the industry vaccination program in Selangor moving forward, especially since a larger number of vaccines will become available in July and in August. As the former Deputy Minister of MITI and a current member of the POIS committee, I stand ready to facilitate this discussion between MITI and the relevant government agencies and politicians in Selangor.

Only with a unified effort between the federal and state governments, starting in Selangor, can we start to make a noticeable dent in the number of COVID19 cases in the Klang Valley and by extension, the whole country. Let us put aside politics to focus on the physical and economic well-being of our people.


[1] https://www.nst.com.my/amp/news/nation/2021/06/703860/81-cent-cases-selangor-are-factories-says-mb?__twitter_impression=true. The calculation of clusters do not take into account the sporadic community spread which are not linked to any known clusters.