MPs should focus on pandemic, not politics

RECENTLY, my wife came back from her fortnightly grocery shopping with a heart-breaking story.

As she was walking back to the car after finishing her shopping, she saw a woman standing in the open-air carpark, pleading for people to buy cookies that she was selling.

The lady had lost her job recently and had run out of money to provide food for her family.

My wife bought a packet of cookies and came home to tell me this distressing story.

It must be traumatic for people like this lady to admit defeat and put up the symbolic white flag.

But as the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures, and I am sure the rakyat will want to help those in need in any way they can.

In fact, if there is a silver lining in these unfortunate circumstances, it has to be how Malaysians from all walks of life have responded generously to any appeals for assistance.

Right now, a great number of people have lost their jobs or had their incomes reduced and many small businesses are unable to meet their monthly expenses. Some business owners have even closed shop.

Hence, one would think that when Parliament reconvened for a special meeting, the first order of the day would be for MPs to debate the shortcomings of the measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic, including the lockdowns, which have not brought down the number of new infections.

Discussing these shortcomings in a rational manner would ensure that we do not make the same mistakes again.

Other matters that need urgent attention include a roadmap for the recovery of employment and businesses, and discussing the capacity and preparedness of the healthcare system to cope with current and future waves of the pandemic.

Sadly, though, the majority of the MPs seem to be more interested in politics.

For the rakyat and businesses that are suffering due to the pandemic, the state of Emergency is not within striking distance of their list of top 10 problems they are currently facing.

If MPs really care for the welfare of the rakyat and our country, then please put aside political differences and come together to discuss strategies on how we can get the Covid-19 numbers under control and move forward after the pandemic is finally over.

LBA , Selangor

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