The Prime Minister, who announced a RM250bil economic stimulus package, made a heartfelt plea for public support and cooperation to weather the storm.
“This unprecedented situation requires unprecedented measures.
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, and the children of this beloved country, whether you are a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Sikh, Iban, Kadazan, Dusun or Orang Asal, please bear with me and my friends in the Cabinet and government.
“We are not perfect, but we are doing the best we can to pull through this crisis together, as one nation.
“God willing we will come out stronger when this crisis ends and the dust settles,” he said.
Muhyiddin, who was sworn in on March 1 after a political impasse, also assured the people that he is heading a government that cares.
“We are a nation at war with invisible forces. The situation we are now facing is unprecedented in history.
“And, this government may not be the government that you voted for.
“But I want all of you to know that this government cares for you.
“I have accepted the fact that I came in as your Prime Minister not at the best moment.
“I face political, economic and health crises all at the same time,” he said.
Noting that the people in long houses, Orang Asal settlements and rural areas are concerned that the government’s aid will reach them late, the Prime Minister said that the Federal Government will work closely with the states, especially Sabah and Sarawak to ensure assistance is delivered fast to the people.