JOHOR BAHRU, March 13 (Bernama) -- Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah today called on all Malaysians to stay united amid the growing concerns over the spreading of COVID-19 which have affected lives globally.

In her posting titled ‘Viruses Do Not Discriminate’ on The Royal Johor official Facebook page today, the Johor Queen said viruses, illnesses and diseases do not recognise nor care about the colour of people skins; nor what their faiths are.

“Neither do viruses discriminate and choose us according to our political ideologies: whether our views veer towards the right, the left, or just in the liberal-minded middle. Viruses just simply do not care. They do not see our thoughts. But we have physical bodies which they can invade,” she said.

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring COVID-19 as a pandemic, she stressed that the next few days, weeks and months would not be the best of times for people to bicker and argue amongst themselves about any social or political issues.

“If there are social issues which we think should be addressed, then do something about them, rather than sitting at home and being armchair critics, and spewing out vitriolic words of hate, or well-meaning but off-the-track advice,” she said.





The Queen of Johor also pointed out that power or position could not protect anyone from being susceptible to coronavirus infections.

“(Even) the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister Sophie Trudeau has tested positive, so has Hollywood A-listers Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson.

“Economies around the world has tumbled. The world of retail and sports has been affected. In a nutshell, COVID-19 has brought the world to its knees.

“For now, the health of our loved ones, our friends, our neighbours and our communities should be uppermost in our minds,” she said.

Raja Zarith Sofiah, who is also the Royal Adviser of the Malaysian Red Crescent, said everyone should play their part in protecting the country from having more cases, and the way to do that is by heeding the advice given out by the health authorities.

“Now is the time to show that Malaysians are caring and responsible people. Now is the time for us to prove that we are mature people who know what is at stake and that the life of every, single Malaysian of whatever race, creed or religion, counts.

“In the words of a well-known sports brand, we have to stop thinking that we know it all, or that we are experienced political or social analysts, but instead follow the guidelines of the health and medical authorities and “Just do it”, she added.



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