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Steering the country well in the face of health, economic crises By FARID MOHD DOLLAH

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LETTERS: 'Setahun Malaysia Prihatin' which marks the one-year anniversary of the formation of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has succeeded in more ways than expected despite difficult, challenging times.

The milestones it has achieved in various aspects of its administration, right from managing the Covid-19 pandemic in finding a delicate balance between the lives and livelihoods of the people right up to the enforcement of justice, proved to be among its shining capabilities in steering the country relatively well in the face of the global health and economic crises.

From the health aspect, the government via the relevant ministries, have embarked on the backbone of the country's public health recovery, that is the year-long national Covid-19 immunisation programme where close to 80 per cent of Malaysians would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.

It is quite encouraging and heartening to see that as of March 3, 2021, more than 1.7 million people have already registered to receive the vaccine on the MySejahtera application although the number is still far from the government's target of 28 million people. Hopefully, Malaysians, especially those in high-risk groups, would not hesitate to sign up for their own health and safety. 

The government has introduced five economic stimulus packages worth more than RM300 billion, excluding the RM322.5 billion of the 2021 Budget, said to be the largest in the country's history. All these additional aids and measures, with endless assistance for the vulnerable groups and the poor and businesses, are part of the milestones which continue to be crafted by the PN Government over its one-year's rule of the country.

The difficulties faced by the rakyat are never ignored nor neglected, with the implementation of the i-Lestari and –i-Sinar initiatives, among others. To make it easier for more members of the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) to make the withdrawals from the i-Sinar facility, all criteria have been abolished. Millions of EPF members have already benefitted from the withdrawals, reducing the burden they are facing.

In driving the development of the Malaysian digital framework for socio-economic progress and inclusiveness of all Malaysians, the government recently launched the 5G network plan through MyDigital. Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, has made it very clear that Malaysia must not be left behind when the whole world is rapidly adopting technology to create new opportunities for future growth.

As leader of Islamic Finance, Malaysia's sukuk prihatin, a Malaysian digital sukuk worth RM666 million launched last year, has won the overall best transaction at the Islamic Finance News 2020 Award. It also won the most innovative transactions and best transactions Malaysia award.

Since taking over the helm of the country on March 1 last year, Muhyiddin has proven that the judiciary and justice would never be compromised while the rule of law be upheld. This can be seen in the number of high profile cases which have taken place in courts.

Individuals involved in cases continue to be prosecuted in court. For instance, the 1MDB scandal involving former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak and corruption cases involving several Umno leaders.

The government has been aggressive and non-stop in its efforts to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of the people while protecting the country's economy which have been badly hit by the pandemic. The Proclamation of the Emergency, of example, is one fine, timely and the right move, adopted to fight the pandemic.

Yesterday, de facto law minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the Cabinet would not advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to allow parliament to reconvene during the emergency period until August 1 as the King would be able to enact laws through the Emergency Ordinance, without the need for parliament to meet.

Such a decision, made collectively by Cabinet members should have been respected and accepted by all, not exploited by politicians , especially opposition members, who would use it for their own selfish gain.

There have been no other justifications put up by the government in making the proclamation, but to fight Covid-19 till the end.

Of course, the government has no right and cannot stop people from having a negative perception of the Cabinet's decision but as Malaysia Prihatin, we all must set aside our differences and rise together as one in battling Covid-19.

FARID MOHD DOLLAH

Sepang, Selangor

 

https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2021/03/671325/steering-country-well-face-health-economic-crises

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