Aid packages and recovery strategies prove Malaysia isn't a failed state

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  • Monday, 12 Jul 2021

REPORTS that Malaysia's daily vaccination rate has surpassed that of the United States have been splashed all over social media and news reports. Our World in Data's vaccination statistics pointed out that Malaysia's inoculation rate per 100 people reached 0.96 on July 9, even exceeding the United Kingdom's highest rate of 0.89 which was recorded on March 19. It also revealed that Malaysia had been consistently at the second position above the UK since June 20.

Of course, Malaysia isn't out of the woods yet when it comes to Covid-19 pandemic and the political situation is a bit off. We have to admit that but for Datuk Kadir Jasin to condemn his own country by saying that it is fast becoming a failed state is grossly disreputable and ignominious.

Coming from a veteran newsman who is also was adviser to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad makes it more opprobrious and unpatriotic. Kadir's diatribe on Facebook seemingly looks like he has lost touch with his quirky news sense and the truths.

These truths are what the present Perikatan Nasional government has done thus far in fighting Covid-19 such as the billions in aid and assistance that have been given out since the pandemic hit our shores early last year.

Instead of giving credit where it is due, he has joined the negative people out there, including Bloomberg columnist Daniel Moss who wrote that Malaysia may be heading towards becoming a failed state following political instability and mismanagement of the pandemic. Moss also chided Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as being a weak prime minister, among other things, over the emergence of the White Flag movement.

The problem with armchair writers like Moss – and even Kadir – is that they don't bother to check their facts before spurting their words. Kadir, of course, being Dr Mahathir's loyalist, is politically inclined to write only good things about anything and everything of his old boss whom he has been close with from many years ago. Rightfully and naturally, he will not find fault with Dr Mahathir, unlike the present Prime Minister of the Perikatan Nasional government, whom he surely has listed as one of his political foes.

Kadir seems to have forgotten what Dr Mahathir and his Pakatan Harapan coalition, which ruled this country only for 22 months, did when the pandemic hit the nation early last year. Instead of banning tourists from Wuhan where the virus started, the Pakatan government continued to open the doors for tourists from China, taking things almost lightly as far as people's safety was concerned. As a result, the Perikatan government which took over after that had to deal with the pandemic in its entirety and enormity.

Kadir should accept the fact that no one could come close to Perikatan as far as the numbers of aid and assistance provided for the people to ease their hardship and misery is concerned. More than RM380bil has been given out – not to mention those strategies and plans, including the National Recovery Plan – being executed and intensified for the sake of the rakyat and the country. He should know how to accept defeat or failure, not continuing bashing the government of the day for no reason. Now that he is no longer in the government, Kadir, just like others, seems to be consistently attempting at rallying the public to mount a comeback.

He should not close his eyes to things positive and good about the present leadership. Malaysia is nowhere near being a failed state – that's what the analysts have said as failed statehood would entail the absence of a functioning government and the collapse of the nation's economy.

Hopefully, the people know and will support only those effective and good leaders – those who have proven their mettle in fighting the battle against this invincible enemy at this present, extraordinary time and those who are going all out to safeguard their lives and livelihoods.

The masses know who is doing what in all sincerity and seriousness as well as who is really helping and protecting them during this tough, difficult time. Volatility will only disrupt whatever efforts being taken by the government to keep the spread of the virus at bay.

Let's talk less politics but focus on ongoing efforts by the government to bring us back to pre-pandemic days. For once, let's stop the blame game. The present challenging time actually provides a chance for all politicians, regardless of their political allegiances, Members of Parliament, state assemblymen and the like, to come together as one and help the government emerge victorious in its fight against Covid-19. Let's do it. Together, we can.

HAMIDAH HASSAN , Bukit Antarabangsa, Ampang

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