Time for frontliners to have a break, onus now on public to curb Covid-19


  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The time has come for every Malaysian to take the responsibility to curb Covid-19 infections in the country and give a chance for the frontliners to have a little, but most deserved, break.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said if the people were to play their part in complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Health Ministry, by frequently wash their hands, wearing face masks, checking their body temperature and observing social distancing at all times, the burden shouldered by the frontliners might be reduced.

"For months, they have stepped forward and worked tirelessly as frontliners. Well, slowly but surely, after this, every member of the public may have to take the responsibility to ensure that the virus will not continue to spread.

"For example, if all the precincts in Putrajaya are (categorised as) green zones, then the onus is on the people there to keep it that way.

“That is not the responsibility of the Ministry or the frontliners. It is up to the residents in each precinct to take care and protect themselves so that the Covid-19 infection will not recur in their respective areas, ” he said during a 30-minute videoconference with representatives of the country’s frontliners who have been battling the pandemic.

The videoconference was participated by representatives from the Health Ministry, Malaysian Armed Forces, Royal Malaysia Police, Immigration Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, and the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).

Elaborating, Muhyiddin said that from now on, local community leaders would also have to play their role to ensure that every member of their community is ready to take steps to look after their communities before the government finally decides to end the movement control order (MCO) first imposed on March 18.

"The people must step forward and play their roles too... this is the approach we are taking from now on so that our frontliners can relax a little after working non-stop so tirelessly to the extent of having no time to return home to cook ketupat (and prepare for Hari Raya Aidilfitri), let alone to help their spouses because they have so many things to do.

"With the approach, which we will take in phases, I anticipate that, very soon, our frontliners will not have to carry 100 percent of the burdens and responsibilities on their shoulders, ” he said.

During the videoconference, Muhyiddin also expressed his thanks and appreciation to the contributions and roles played by all frontliners in fighting the pandemic and wished them “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri” and “Maaf Zahir dan Batin”. – Bernama

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