The Malaysian government is looking into establishing a Covid-19 ‘endemic ambassador’ team to educate the public of the SOPs for the prevention of Covid-19 and to raise awareness of its importance.
According to Bernama, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the Covid-19 ‘endemic ambassador’ team will consist of a group of volunteers from various parties, including members of the Komuniti Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family community) nationwide.
Annuar Musa said this initiative is to ensure that the SOPs were complied with by the community, in line with the endemic phase.
He added that the enforcement by the Health Ministry (KKM) and the existing law alone will not be enough to ensure the safety and health of the people when the country transitioning into the endemic phase.
“The endemic phase means that the virus (Covid-19) is still among us but life needs to return to normal and this requires self-discipline.”
“What is required is self-discipline by individuals in the community and it is difficult to implement if there is no self-reminder of the SOPs compliance by the community members themselves,” he said.
For the country to transition to the endemic stage, Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that there are 7 criteria to be met before the country can enter the endemic phase of Covid-19.
The criteria are a single standard operating procedure, a Heightened Alert System (HAS) as well as TRIIS (Test, Report, Isolate, Inform, Seek), and a Find, Test, Trace, Isolate, Support (FTTIS) system.
The remaining criteria include the gradual reopening of national borders, as well as community empowerment ambassadors.
However, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Malaysia should be prudent before it decides to declare the country’s transition from the Covid-19 pandemic to the endemic phase.