Selangor exco claims state ‘blindsided’ without detailed Covid-19 data, has to play guessing game

“Unfortunately, until the end, we didn’t get the raw data and the D-G said that the raw data cannot be shared as he is afraid the data would be wrongly interpreted, so we didn’t get it,” she added, referring to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.


(MMO) – The Health Ministry’s decision not to share its detailed data on Covid-19 has left Selangor in the lurch, forcing the state government to play a guessing game in curbing further infections, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud claimed today.

The state executive councillor in charge of Selangor’s public health, unity, women and family development said the state government has been hoping to merge its contact tracing application, Selangkah, with the federal government’s MySejahtera for ease of data gathering, but this request was also not heeded.

“When Dr Dzulkefly said that we asked to help the government to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Selangor, but we’re blindsided without the information,” she said in the state legislative assembly.

Dr Siti Mariah was referring to former health minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad who currently heads the Selangor government’s Covid-19 task force.

“What we know is the information tabled by the Health director-general in his press conferences, and the Selangor Health Department (JKS), on its website and Facebook, and also random information, sometimes, from certain parties.

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