No sinister motive for Emergency, PM assures industry players at closed door meeting

PETALING JAYA: There were no sinister motives when the government advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to proclaim a state of Emergency, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told industry players on Thursday (April 15).

At a closed door meeting organised by the International Trade and Industry Ministry, Muhyiddin told major industry players that Malaysia will adhere to the rule of law and the Emergency will not be used to violate human rights, private property and other legal rights.

The closed door meeting with more than 50 industry leaders was organised by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to enable a free dialogue between the Prime Minister and the private sector.

"The Emergency declaration was made for a singular reason, and that is to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. So, please be assured that there was no sinister motive behind this declaration of Emergency," Muhyiddin said.

Muhyiddin further said that employers must innovate as it was no longer business as usual.

“In addition to serving as an enabler, another silver lining behind the pandemic has been this newfound sense of urgency for the digital inclusion agenda, to enable millions to work, learn and connect digitally," said Muhyiddin.

“Now, more than ever, connectivity should be at the core of all our priorities. For us to accelerate economic recovery, the private sector must embrace new technologies," he added.

Muhyiddin also said that the pandemic has demonstrated the importance of upgrading and strengthening technology and infrastructure to ease the process of doing business.

“This includes reducing our reliance on unskilled labour, as we move swiftly into a phase of automation and digitalisation,” he said.

He pointed out that the government has launched the Digital Transformation Roadmap and started on the billion ringgit National Digital Network (Jendela) action plan.

“Malaysia also recognises that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) would accelerate the growth of our digital economy.

“Under an IR4.0 technology-aspired initiative, we have introduced Malaysia 5.0 – a digital transformation using IR4.0 tools,” said Muhyiddin.

He called on the private sector to work with the government to foster an enabling ecosystem for the business community to thrive and continuously improve domestic processes to attract investors.

“We have introduced the Safe@Work initiative. This Miti-led programme aims to introduce a 'safe work bubble' that will be pivotal in enabling the continuity of manufacturing operations, even in circumstances where there are positive Covid-19 cases within the work premises,” said Muhyiddin.

He also promised the industry players that Malaysians unemployed or displaced due to the pandemic will be assisted in various ways, including upskilling and reskilling to enable them to get jobs.

“I wish to reach out and seek the support of the private sector to offer job opportunities to local talents; please join us as we work diligently to ensure a sustainable livelihood for all Malaysians,” said Muhyiddin.

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