People’s lives must weigh heavily in fight against Covid-19


ALL the brouhaha and hubbub following yesterday’s special meeting of the Malay Rulers must never be allowed to get into the way of the on-going ramping up of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Any hiccups or disruptions for that matter will only delay the government’s target of achieving herd immunity before the end of this year.

It must never be allowed to derail the programme which so far has seen more than five million people receiving their jabs as of yesterday.

The country has pushed past 200, 000 vaccinations daily and the programme is being boosted for the critical sectors. The rakyat, especially the elderly, people with disabilities, the Orang Asli and those with comorbidities, have every right to stay safe and sound, with the help of the present Perikatan Nasional government via its National Recovery Plan strategies as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday (June 15).

All these intensified measures, including the inoculation programme and recovery plan, that have been put into place must be respected and duly executed for the people’s sake as well as this country.

The government is half-way through this vital programme to save the lives and livelihoods of people. As such, it should be allowed to continue carrying on with whatever strategies and contingency plans that it has outlined to take us all towards the pre-pandemic days and back to normalcy.

With the rakyat’s well-being clearly on his mind, Muhyiddin had said in his speech when announcing the Recovery Plan that Parliament would be allowed to reconvene either in September or October, subject to stringent SOPs.

His stance, he said, was that parliamentary democratic system functions again at a suitable time, that is once Covid-19 cases were well under control and the country came close to achieving herd immunity.

He also pledged that he would uphold the principles of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.

The present state of Emergency called to rein in coronavirus infections seems to have led to tremendous improvements being made to respond to Covid-19-related emergencies and health issues.

Although cases of infections spiraled, hovering around four-digits daily, the government, via the relevant ministries, has strengthened and established health measures and controls, including the nationwide vaccination programme, with collaborative whole-of-society and whole-of-government approaches with coordinated mechanisms to contain environmental hazards as well as the virus.

All these steps entail prioritisation of needs for enhanced capacity to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to public health emergencies, bolstering the government’s health security and multi-sectoral preparedness and response capacity.

Indeed, with all the plans outlined and substantial measures taken by the government, we are well on our way out of this pandemic-induced crisis.

It has been doing remarkably and exceptionally well to keep the people and the country safe since the pandemic hit our shores early last year.

The battle is far from over, yet, incessant politicking seems to have reared its ugly head again, threatening to slow down the pace of all on-going relief efforts and measures set by the government.

When our main concern would be the majority of the rakyat be given the vaccines, some quarters seem bent to put pressure on the PN government to mobilise Parliament in times of crisis

Bigger considerations, that is the well-being of the people, their safety, their lives, livelihoods and the massive inoculation programme, should have taken precedence. Too bad, their nefarious agendas seem to have taken the limelight but let’s not get distracted.

We must stay guided by and continue moving forward towards our pre-pandemic days and treasured freedom with the government-of-the-day, in confidence and with strong conviction that we will all win this war against this unseen force.

HALIM MOHAMAD

Kajang, Selangor

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