NSC DG: High bed utilisation among reasons why Kedah, Johor in Phase One of NRP


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The high rate of hospital beds being used in Kedah and Johor is one of the factors why the two states have not moved to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) despite having a high percentage of their adult population vaccinated, says National Security Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Rodzi Md Saad (pic).

He said that this included Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and added that people in these states should be aware of the importance of adhering to standard operating procedures (SOP) as well as security protocols.

"No point in questioning why we haven’t moved to the next phase when the people’s compliance with the SOP is not up to the mark. It all depends on the people,” he said.

He said this during the ‘Bicara Naratif’ programme aired on Radio Televisyen Malaysia on Monday (Sept 20) night.

Kedah and Johor are the only remaining states in Phase One of the PPN, while Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Melaka, and Sabah are in Phase Two; Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Sarawak in Phase Three; and Labuan in Phase Four.

In another development, Rodzi said the country's defence and cybersecurity systems were on par with those in developed countries, and had gained international recognition.

"At the ASEAN level, we often exchange views and experience, and Malaysia's input is sought by other countries such as Singapore in dealing with cyber threats.The country’s ability in dealing with cyber threats with the available expertise is also used as an example or model in European countries, as well as Japan, in managing cyber threats in their respective countries," he said.- Bernama

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