Tok Mat wishes for a more productive New Year whilst not forgetting challenges of 2020

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 31 Dec 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The vaccination of every Malaysian must be expedited in 2021 without delay, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan (pic).

The Umno deputy president said it will definitely be a huge medical and logistical challenge for the government.

"As such, an emergency approval process should be considered for the use of the Covid-19 vaccine, similar to other countries, without compromising the importance of public health and safety.

"The current conditional approval process is not in line with the global standard of immediate emergency approval.

"Although we are inexperienced in dealing with this extraordinary situation, but with technology, dedication, and the Malaysian patriotic spirit, InsyaAllah we will be able to execute our plans.

"This national vaccination initiative will be a litmus test for the government’s ability to govern the nation," he said in his New Year message on Thursday (Dec 31).

While wishing Malaysians a "Happy New Year 2021', Mohamad hoped that the new year will be more productive and fruitful for all.

"We shall not forget the challenges and hardships faced in very extraordinary circumstances in 2020," he said.

Mohamad said he also hoped that the government would focus on revitalising the economy and opening up borders.

"Every optimistic projection announced must be immediately translated into real economic recovery and growth. Any radical initiative must be realised to boost economic activity, as the well-being of the people is highly dependent on it.

"Economic recovery and revitalisation is also dependent on the opening of international borders. Immediate planning and preparations towards that direction must be made to prove that Malaysia is one of the most globalised nations in the world. It is impossible for us to survive in isolation for too long," he said.

The Malaysia we know and love as of 2020 has lost its status-quo in various parts of life, social well-being, and economic growth, Mohamad added.

"We must return Malaysia to its glory days of laudable achievements and more.

"Let us strive to build a better Malaysia in 2021, InsyaAllah," he said.

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