PM praises Malaysian resilience, urges acceptance of new reality


  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin paid tribute to ordinary Malaysians and frontliners for their resilience during the movement control order (MCO).

The Prime Minister also urged the public to accept "the new normal", especially ahead of the fasting month.

"I want to express my gratitude to all of you Malaysians. You are great human beings.

"To doctors and nurses on the frontline, you take risks every time you step into the wards and yet you still step forward bravely to save the lives of others.

"Even though you are tired, you do not complain but continue to serve courageously," said Muhyiddin.

He also thanked the medical staff at private hospitals who took on caring for non-Covid-19 patients during the pandemic.

"I also thank the police and army personnel who are at roadblocks. You are in the sun and the rain, and yet you serve. Kudos. Also to the personnel of Immigration, Civil Defence Force, Bomba, Rela, local authorities and other agencies which are assisting. I say thank you.

"Thank you too to those kind people who prepare food for frontliners. They do so without payment and without asking for rewards. You are great people.

"Also to those who deliver the food, you are taking risks and you are doing a noble job. I advise you to take care of your health, your safety and do not speed on your motorbikes.

"In short, we are all one big family. We take care of our families, we take care of our neighbours, we take care of our society," said Muhyiddin, in his televised address to the nation on Friday (April 10).

The Prime Minister further advised Muslims to prepare for Ramadan while confined at home.

"We cannot go to Ramadan bazaars to buy our meals, we cannot go to the mosques to perform terawih (nightly prayers). Pray at home with your families. We may not be able to balik kampung like before. It may be difficult to imagine but this is the reality," said Muhyiddin.

The first phase of the MCO, which was introduced to break the chain of Covid-19 infection, was from March 18 to 31, followed by the second phase from April 1 to 14.

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