With daily vaccine jabs reaching new high under a more intensified, ramping up of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, the Perikatan Nasional government’s target of 80% of the population vaccinated before the end of the year, is coming close to the reality of being achieved.
Even the incessant politicking by several quarters and career politicians who have been demanding for the state of Emergency to end and Parliament to reconvene doesn’t seem to hold that much vigour and interest among members of the public anymore. While more than four million have received either their first or second doses of a vaccine, many more are still waiting in earnest for their turns to be inoculated.
This is what matters the most – getting that needful immunity booster for our body against the virus, ultimately saving not just our lives and livelihoods but also this country from the brink of collapse.
Less consideration to political goings-on will see eventual recovery, thus, less negative repercussions for our health and safety.
All these political stunts and manoeuvres aimed at destabilising the government by the likes of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who thought that the lifting of the Emergency and re-sitting of Parliament would address the people’s grievances democratically, will only cause more harm than good.
Clearly, he doesn’t give that much thought to the spiralling cases of infections which saw more deaths in the past months, not only in adults but children as well.
His words to the media that he had made an appeal for the Emergency to be lifted when it expires by the end of next month as it could leave a negative impact on the people’s welfare, speaks volume of his political intentions and motives.
And to say that all the measures carried out by the government-of-the-day under the premiership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin so far to contain the pandemic did not need an Emergency, only reflects his undignified political indifference and apathy towards the suffering of the people.
We have been hearing all those sad, frustrating Covid-19-related stories, which should have at least jolted politicians’ mind and conscience to stop politicking for the time being. Please Yang Berhormats, this is no time for politicking. We are not running a 100m race but a marathon, fighting a war against this dangerous, unseen killer.
So, re-direct your attention and focus on the people’s welfare and interest instead of ramping up your political antics and flamboyance at the expense of the people.
Nevertheless, despite all the endless politicking by some quarters, we are indeed blessed that our serious-looking but transcendentally calmMuhyiddin has remained composed and uninterrupted in charting our way out of uncertainties into the path of recovery.
Numerous gargantuan, momentous deliverables have been made amidst challenging times in the nation’s history.
The Prime Minister has been taking all criticisms and bashings in his stride, overshadowing political ploys by quarters crazy for power. Like what Muhyiddin said during an interview with a TV station recently, he did not mind verbal abuse as long as the public is willing to play their part to stop the spread of the virus.
Muhyiddin’s public persona and his reassuring leadership, no doubt, has helped him to effortlessly stay above the fray.
He got the national budget passed despite threats by opposition Members of Parliament not to support it, unveiled a string of stimulus packages, the latest one being the RM40bil Permerkasa Plus which had been incremental.
On the international level, he had made official trips to meet foreign counterparts to enhance bilateral ties between Malaysia and Indonesia, Brunei, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Virtual meetings and conferences featured regularly amidst his tight schedule with foreign leaders and dignitaries reflect Malaysia’s strong standing in the international fora.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) recently predicted Malaysia’s economic growth to expand to 6.5% next year as the country moves closer to achieving herd immunity before the end of this year and a more coordinated recovery in all sectors.
Citing Oxford Economics’ latest economic projections, ICAEW stated that Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would grow by 5.3% by the end of this year with most Malaysians having been vaccinated. Oxford Economics conducts global quantitative analysis, jointly conducted by some 250 full-time world economists.
There is no denial that the government makes mistakes but along the way, it continues to learn to grapple with the challenges emanating from the pandemic. It has been doing better in almost all fields in less than two years since it came to power.
It has no experience whatsoever in dealing with such a deadly virus but to a great extent, it has proven its ability to rebuild people’s defence and protection.
Its wise, decisive and affirmative decisions are reflections of optimism and manifestation of confidence in the handling of the pandemic, people’s wellbeing and the economy.
Our trust and faith in the government must always remain strong and undivided as we sail through our way towards eventual recovery.
Mohamad Saiful Khairuddin, Puchong.