Ever since the Full Movement Control Order (MCO) SOP was announced, many waited patiently for the list of industries that are allowed to operate during the MCO, as well as for the application for the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) approval letter.
Unfortunately, the plan was executed badly, whereby the Ministry had initially made use of Google Forms to collect the applications from the public, which made the form crashed. This leaves the Ministry no choice but to revert to the Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS 3.0). This plan did not go well too, as the public flocked to the website once it’s launched and cause their official website to crash as well.
Not to mention that he gave approvals to 128,150 businesses to operate throughout the MCO period, as claimed by former Prime Minister, Najib Razak.
Upset with the Ministry for allowing so many businesses to operate during the MCO, netizens started a petition requesting the Government to sack its MITI minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
The petition is available at Change.org and within a short 24 hours, it garnered over 100,000 signatures. In addition, the hashtag #AzminLetakJawatan went trending on Twitter as netizens criticize the senior minister for being more concerned about the economy rather than people’s lives.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister, Ismail Sabri shared his frustration on his Facebook too, commenting, “I closed the front door, but…”
While it may be confusing when the post was made, the hidden meaning of the post was gradually revealed when netizens make references that the MITI letters as the “back door”.
The only reason given for the petition was “Failed to function as expected as a senior minister.”
Most of the petitioners left scathing comments for Azmin, who serves as the senior minister for economics and finance on top of his trade and industry portfolio.
“Full lockdown but due to the Ministry of Trade and Industry millions of people are back to work. Makes the full lockdown have no meaning and wastes everyone’s effort, including the frontliners,” a netizen wrote.
While, others lamented that the current measures are just another “half-baked lockdown” by the government.