Amid the political crisis that happened in Malaysia last week, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was appointed as the 9th Prime Minister of Malaysia by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak requested the new Malaysian government to use science, data and lessons learnt from the previous battle against Covid-19 to draft new policies for Malaysia to manage the pandemic in the country. He added that merely ‘trying’ is no longer an option too.
Najib took it to Facebook to call for the government to prioritise the common citizens of Malaysia instead of the cronies or factory tycoons first.
“This is not the time to say that they will try or work harder to achieve things. The priority is to achieve targets and not keep saying ‘we have tried our best’ after repeatedly failing.”
“Or keep repeating that ‘we have not failed but have yet to succeed’.” he said.
In addition, he urge Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s administration to prioritise handling Covid-19 pandemic in the nation as Malaysians can no longer stay silent on the high number of deaths and increasing number of new infections.
“We need to solve the crisis as soon as possible.” he said.
At the same time, he adds that it has been 103 days since the start of the third movement control order but the Covid-19 situation continued to worsen.
Apart of the number of cases, Malaysia had also achieved the world’s worst rates for new cases and deaths per population. As of now, there are more than 260,000 active cases in Malaysia.
On the economic perspective, Najib said that Malaysia had been suffering too. The gross domestic product growth projections have been slashed by the government and other financial institutions, while Malaysia’s equity market is the second-worst performing in the world.
“These are facts and reality. They’re not made up.”
Najib added that the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia had reached a situation where despite easing the restrictions, many were not confident to step out of their homes and those who have to go out for work are at risk of infection.
Some had permanently closed down their business as they had run out of money to restart their business.
“We cannot go on like this. To revive the economy, we need to control Covid-19. For people to survive, we need to help them. There are solutions.” he said.
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