Let's start marching towards pre-pandemic days


THE National Recovery Plan, which outlines yardsticks to take us out of this Covid-19 quagmire by the end of this year, is an all-encompassing, forward-moving, audacious and within reach arrangement set for mission accomplishment.

Regardless of claims by warmongers and opposing quarters, the likes of former ministers Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who said it lacked strategies and proof of weak crisis management, this roadmap to recovery offers clarity in many simple yet resolute ways and forms – that everybody must work together towards achieving all targets set to get us out of this pandemic-induced crisis.

In plain words, this exit plan in phase transitions gives clarity in the direction and dimension the government and people must go together to get us out of this unsettling period. It is a framework that clearly outlines strategies to be adopted in phases which can be achieved before the end of the year.

Maybe it is too early to say, but imagine the return of pre-pandemic days if all these plans turn into reality – albeit while practising new norms in our daily lives.

Tengku Razaleigh's assailable claims that people are desperate and in despair, while Rafidah that there were no strategies to assist all sectors to move forward during the transitions should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The same thing goes for Ahmad Zahid who said the plan did not make sense. Are they saying that recovery would happen by chance, without this kind of framework?

This is a do-or-die situation and the government has been doing exceptionally well to keep the people and the country safe since the pandemic hit.

The Perikatan Nasional government under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been with us throughout this extraordinary time, putting into place substantive measures, providing aid and assistance and a host of other relief measures, worth more than RM600bil.

Ramping up of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme has also seen more than four million people vaccinated and we are on our way towards achieving herd immunity – thanks to the government.

With these and other things the government has not done for the people and the country, why can't critics open their eyes and accept all these measures now taking place?

We all are in such a dire situation and the government has been non-stop and relentless in its efforts. Those who think they know what is best, should just stop fussing for attention or for political gain.

The recovery plan outlined by Muhyiddin is a comprehensive framework with strategies with set goals for everyone – from ministries, agencies to people on the ground.

From the plan, they will clearly know what they need to do before the country can move to the next phase. I would liken it to KPIs – you achieve the target and your KPIs will be excellent.

The ones who will ultimately benefit will be us, the rakyat, with a return to pre-pandemic days and normalcy.

The business community also has a role to play under the plan. Those under positive and negative lists of economic and essential services sectors must always correlate their business decisions with those SOPs and other measures implemented by the government.

Through this recovery plan, the business community has the opportunity to come up with short,medium or long-term plans to keep their businesses afloat. Adherence to SOPs play a vital role to flatten the infection curve.

Failure to comply will only negatively impact the government's plan. In simple terms, if the crisis continues due to non-compliance, disruptions to business operations will continue. If they have to close their businesses, then they have themselves to be blamed.

Through this exit plan and the ramped-up pace of vaccinations, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Like what the Prime Minister said, the plan is a carefully-designed guide based on data to enable all of us to return to normal daily life.

Let's all start marching towards freedom by playing our respective roles in making this plan successful and reclaim that treasured freedom.

Nicol Gabrielle, Kuala Lumpur

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