PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Individuals, including independent politicians, are free to criticise the government over its management of Covid-19 but the views raised should help to solve the problem, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
The Indera Mahkota MP said the country is facing a serious and extraordinary Covid-19 pandemic which needs the wisdom of all parties, who can voice their opinions.
"Whatever spoken should, in the end, help the country solve the problem. If one cannot give solutions to economic issues, at the very least do not add to the exasperation of frontliners who are fighting hard to save lives," he said.
Saifuddin was asked to comment on criticism of the government over the management of the Covid-19 pandemic after chairing the Mental Health Support Communications Plan Coordination Meeting in the Covid-19 environment virtually Thursday (July 15).
Saifuddin said it was important that each view expressed should look at the facts and science with the objective to improve the situation.
He also called on all quarters to give space to frontliners who are trying their best to carry out their duties well.
"Frontliners are already tired and if we spread views, video and pictures which only cause them to be more depressed, we are not helping to solve the problem," he said.
Saifuddin also urged the media to focus more on the reports of receiving assistance or solutions to problems faced by groups affected by the impact of Covid-19.
He said media reports should avoid any negative stigma on individuals who have mental issues.
"The objective is to improve understanding, avoid stigmatisation, and most importantly, find solutions to problems and also be prepared to give assistance. This is the biggest contribution of the media," he said. – Bernama