“War chief” Bung Moktar ready to be tested first with Covid-19 vaccine

Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin – Picture from The Star

By S. Harrish

KINABATANGAN MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin has volunteered to be the first person in Malaysia to be given the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Sabah deputy chief minister said this in parliament in response to a question from Sarikei MP Wong Ling Biu, on who the Covid-19 vaccine would be tested on first.

“I offer to be the first person to be tested with the vaccine. I am not afraid because I want to be healthy.

“Let the war chief be the first to get it,” he said, to laughter from other MPs, according to FreeMalaysiaToday.

Earlier, Wong spoke of the experiences that he, his wife and his son faced after contracting Covid-19 previously.

He also said his national athlete son, Jackie Wong, had been kept in hospital for 73 days when the Covid-19 virus had already died in his body but blood tests still showed positive.

Wong then asked who would be the test subjects for Covid-19 vaccines to be used in Malaysia.

He himself had spent over 70 days under hospitalisation, including 42 days in coma.

Among other things in Wong’s debate speech, he had asked if Malaysia’s health practitioners were ready for the side-effects of Covid-19 vaccines to be used in the country, and if there was knowledge and expertise about such potential side-effects.

Malaysia has signed a preliminary purchasing agreement with Pfizer to buy 12.8 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine. This will cover 20% of Malaysia’s population or 6.4 million people.

The vaccine requires ultra-cold storage at -70 degrees’ Celsius.

According to reports quoting the US Food and Drug Administration, six people have died in the late-stage trials of the Pfizer vaccine.