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THE year 2020 has been a disastrous one for all of us. We will remember for the rest of our lives how something that is invisible to the naked eye paralysed humankind, bringing the global economy to its knees and society to a grinding halt as governments everywhere imposed lockdowns.
THE nation was shocked to learn that a policeman and an Immi-gration Department officer arrested recently have criminal records. That people with a criminal past could be hired to work in enforcement divisions of the civil service is very worrying.
THIS festive week started with a ray of hope for these difficult times – the news that a Covid-19 vaccine with a 90% efficacy rate has been found. This was followed by further good news that the development of other Covid-19 vaccines is also making good progress, with another two or three on a similar brink of success.
IN an unprecedented move, the government has allowed Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributors to make early withdrawals from Account 1 to help them cope with financial problems during this Covid-19 crisis.
WITH Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Sabah and Selangor placed under a conditional movement control order (MCO) following the spike in Covid-19 cases nationwide, the onus is on every Malaysian now to play a greater and crucial role in flattening the infection curve.