From blue-eyed boy to ‘government’s puppet’


Alfian Z.M. Tahir

As the face for the national response to Covid-19, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has received international awards and public approval at home for bringing the crisis under control at the start of the epidemic last year. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 3, 2021.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL of health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has drawn the ire of politicians and doctors for recommending the closure of Parliament for two weeks following an outbreak of Covid-19 in the House. 

The decision, which prompted more than 100 MPs to stage a march on Parliament yesterday, was perceived to have been based on politics rather than science. As the government had been due to answer some hard questions in yesterday’s sitting, the shutting down of the House appeared too convenient for many’s liking.


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