KLANG: Fighting the Covid-19 pandemic goes beyond political inclination, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.
He said it was important for both the Perikatan Nasional Federal Government and the Pakatan Harapan Selangor government to work together.
He said he was open to the synchronisation and sharing of data between the Federal Government’s MySejahtera and the state government’s Selangkah applications.
Both applications were developed to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In my first meeting with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, we highlighted about synchronisation of the data.
“Recently, when we met up with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, it was raised again to combine data and analysis,’’ Amirudin said in a dialogue on Sunday (Feb 7) with The Star adviser Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Sinar Harian managing editor Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub and former Utusan Melayu group chief editor Tan Sri Johan Jaafar.
The discussion, which is in collaboration with the Asia News Network, was conducted in Wong’s Facebook Timeline and titled "Covid-19 Fight: Red Zone Selangor".
Amirudin, who was answering Hussamuddin’s question if the data from both the applications would be synchronised or would be separate entities, added there was a positive outcome in his latest meeting with Dr Adham on the synchronisation of data.
Hussamuddin had wanted to know if people living in Selangor should use Selangkah or MySejathera.
Amirudin also said Dr Adham had agreed for the state’s officer to go to the MySejahtera command centre in line with the synchronisation plan.
He added with the accurate data, there could be better analysis and projection as to the path and location of the pandemic.
He mentioned how the state government was able to predict an outbreak in the Jalan Othman market based on the analysis of data.
Earlier in the dialogue, Amirudin said Selangor was a red zone due to its density as well as because it had locations such as ports and airports where people congregated.
“It was a big challenge for Selangor but a good experience for our civil servants.
“We have nine districts and all my district officers have the experience of managing more than one quarantine centre at one time,’’ Amirudin.
He added the pandemic also led to the formation of a new portfolio in the state government covering public health.
The Mentri Besar also spoke about the need of a new strategy revolving around overtaking the pandemic as opposed to merely “following it" which would better facilitate in predicting the route (the infection) would be taking.
“That is why we insist on sharing data, so that we can analyse where the epicentre of the infection would be,’’ said Amirudin.
To a question by Johan on the impact of the pandemic on the state’s economic growth, Amirudin said what happens at the national level was tied closely with the impact in the state.
“Based on previous analysis, if the federal was in a negative position, Selangor will record a higher negative outcome.
“If overall the Federal Government records a positive outcome, Selangor will record a bigger positive.
“This has been consistent yearly and this analysis was by former mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and I find his data to be consistent,’’ said Amirudin.
He said Selangor had contributed to more than 30% of the 17% contraction of the national economy during the first round of the movement control order.
Amirudin also said how in spite of the pandemic, new hope had come in the form of the service industry which prospered and grew in strength.
He mentioned how the state’s e-Bazaar, which was estimated to rope in about 10,000 new e-commerce merchants and received 26,000 participants, had raked in RM1.04bil as opposed to the earlier estimated RM20mil to RM30mil.