The hashtag #AdhamBabaLetakJawatan trending on Twitter is an indication of how Malaysians are feeling towards health minister Dr Adham Baba.
People are calling for his resignation after he announced a new rule that exempted Cabinet ministers returning from abroad to adhere to the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
The gazettement of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Exemption) Order 2021 reads, “Cabinet Ministers who return from any overseas official visit shall undergo observation for three days or undergo surveillance and will only be discharged when they are done with the observation period and prove to not endanger the public.”
Malaysian returnees are required to self-quarantine at home for 10 days even if they test negative for Covid-19. However, the new rule requires ministers to undergo observation for 3 days only. Many have slammed the ruling, pointing out its obvious double standards.
— 💟 Mira 💟 (@itskaytobeyou) February 9, 2021
Clearly someone hasn’t learn anything from what had happened 🙂 Like what I’ve said alllllll the time before this; one country, two standards.#AdhamBabaLetakJawatan
— Nurin (@Nuyenggg) February 9, 2021
— Daddy Yaeger (@noodlesofea) February 8, 2021
— Ardent (@saccharine_0) February 9, 2021
— Fiqah 🌺 (@fiqahbah) February 8, 2021
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and former Prime Minister Najib Razak have also publicly criticised the new rule.