HEALTH Minister Adham Baba accuses the former Pakatan Harapan government of failing to contain the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering from February 27 to March 3, which was identified as a major cluster which sparked a Covid 19 outbreak in the country.
The Sheraton Move, the controversial political coup involving Adham’s party Umno, PAS, Bersatu and a rogue 11 MPs from PKR, which resulted in the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government happened on February 23, with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigning as Prime Minister on Feb 24 and as such the country was left without a functioning goverment between then and February 29.
Already under fire and constant public scrutiny since his infamous “drink warm water to kill coronavirus” statement, Adham chose a Facebook live session with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today to put the blame on Pakatan Harapan, stating that the outbreak had worsened due to the previous administration’s failure to contain the tabligh cluster.
Adham’s latest statement insigated yet another backlash from netizens who swarmed over his statement within minutes of it being reported.
Pakatan Harapan representatives also hit back, most pointing out the fact that the “Sheraton Move” which saw a massive gathering of representatives of the current Perikatan Nasional government at the Sheraton Hotel in Petaling Jaya to plot the political coup as a major contributing factor.
“The move to oust the Pakatan Harapan government was set in motion on Feb 23. From Feb 24 until Feb 29, the country did not have a government,” former deputy minister of Women, Family and Community Development Hannah Yeoh wrote on her Facebook page.
“Now you know why he did not do daily press conferences for Covid-19. Nothing right comes out from his mouth! And by the way when other frontliners are busy fighting Covid-19, this Health Minister is busy doing fb live with his UMNO leader. This Cabinet is all about playing politics,” added Hannah.
Since his warm water debacle, which made global headlines, Adham seems to have been overshadowed by Health Department director general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who has since conducted the press conference providing daily updates on the Covid 19 situation to national audiences.
Bersatu’s Armada executive committee member Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin echoed Hannah’s displeasure, by clarifying to Adham that there were thus far three major big waves of the Covid 19 outbreak recorded, with the first wave being imported through foreign tourists, the second being Malaysians returning for overseas and the third being Malaysians who returned from school holidays.
“The Pakatan Harapan government officially fell when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned on February 24, due to the Sheraton Move on the night of February 23. Tun Dr Mahathir had to become an interim Prime Minister without a Cabinet until the appointment of a new Prime Minister at the Istana Negara on March 1. The Tabligh cluster which triggered the second wave happened from February 27 to March 2,” Abu Hafiz explained.
“Rather than put the blame on the Umno president he was addressing, who was one of the main plotters of the ‘tebuk atap’ (roof perforation) PN government, this Health Minister is blaming others. After the deputy Health Minister breached the Movement Control Order (MCO) regulations yesterday and grabbed all the headlines, is the Minister now trying to reclaim the limelight?”
Former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is Armada chief, used PN’s own line of calling for PH to stop politicking on Adham.
“Do you (YB) realise that the Home Minister responsible at the time of the ‘tabligh cluster’ was the current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin? In making accusations, be a bit smart,” Syed Saddiq twitted in response to a report of Adham’s latest antics.
ALSO going viral on social media is this excerpt from Adham’s Facebook live session with Ahmad Zahid, where he states that he was sure that what he had done thus far had received international recognition through his conversations with counterparts in over 500 countries!