Johor’s sultan calls out anti-vaxxing teachers for not leading by example

Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar poses for the camera with children in a photo published online on Aug. 23, 2021. Photo: Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar/Facebook
Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar poses for the camera with children in a photo published online on Aug. 23, 2021. Photo: Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar/Facebook

Johor’s sultan wants all 779 teachers who had refused COVID-19 vaccination in the state to get their injections. 

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar issued a statement today calling out anti-vaxxing teachers while highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated as a way for people to return to pre-COVID times. They should be leading by example for the students instead of leaning towards anti-vaxxer beliefs, the 62-year-old said. 

“Teachers should be setting an example for their students and protecting them, instead of placing students in danger, what more with schools expected to reopen soon. My family and I have completed our vaccination doses,” he said in the statement. 

“As I have said before, do not be easily swayed by anti-vaxxers. Trust our certified medical professionals,” he added. 

He also said that those who reject COVID-19 vaccinations without a valid reason were exposing themselves to infection risks. 

“I hope all Johoreans will be vaccinated as soon as possible so we can return to our jobs, businesses and normal lives,” he said. 

His son, Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said yesterday that he would meet the nearly 800 teachers who rejected vaccination and the state’s education director. The meeting at the Sultan Ibrahim Building, Bukit Timbalan, scheduled for Friday, will also be joined by the Johor mufti and Johor’s state secretary. 

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim yesterday said that he will meet almost 800 teachers over reports that they are refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

State Education, Information, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said yesterday that the Johor Education Department will brief the teachers on the benefits of vaccination.

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