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Call for an acceleration of the completion of national Covid-19 vaccination rollout

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The United States President Joe Biden has announced a two-month acceleration of the American national Covid-19 vaccination roll-out promising that there will be enough coronavirus vaccine doses for “every adult in America by the of the end of May, shortening the earlier July timeline.

The Malaysian Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) should meet and consider ways to accelerate the completion of the national vaccination rollout so that Malaysia can gain full recovery in 2021. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ministry of Health should release the daily list of frontliners inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine to ensure public confidence and trust as well as vaccine equity and success in the national vaccination programme

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The Ministry of Health should release the daily list of frontliners inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine to ensure public confidence and trust as well as vaccine equity and success in the national vaccination programme in Malaysia.

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought unmitigated damage on the lives and economy of Malaysia and the world for the past year, and Malaysia, like the rest of the world, must do the utmost to make a success of the national vaccination programme to ensure that life can return to normal in the shortest time possible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on the government to fully embrace the concept of vaccine equity where priority is given to health workers to ensure the success of the Covd-19 vaccination rollout in Malaysia

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I call on the government to fully embrace the concept of vaccine equity where priority is given to health workers to ensure the success of the Covid-19 vaccination rollout in Malaysia.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a call in January on all countries to work together in solidarity – and in each of their best interests – to ensure that within the first 100 days of the year, vaccination of health workers and older people was underway in all countries. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is Malaysia one of the worst performing countries in bringing the Covid-19 epidemic under control in the last three months?

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Although the daily increase of Covid-19 infections have come down to four-digit two- thousand figures in the past five days, far from the peak figures of 5,728 and 5,723 figures on 30th and 29th January respectively, it is disturbing that Malaysia is one of the worst performing countries in bringing the Covid-19 pandemic under control in the past three months.

On Nov. 18, 2020, Malaysia was ranked No. 85 among countries in the world with the most cumulative total of Covid-18 cases.

We have now leapfrogged 40 places in the last three months as we are ranked No. 45 among the countries in the world with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 19-member independent committee should advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong that the Emergency Proclamation does not preclude the convening of a Special session of Parliament on Covid-19 pandemic to give effect to Article 43(3) of the Constitution that “The Cabinet shall be collectively responsible to Parliament”

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The 19-member independent committee headed by former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria should advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong that the Emergency Proclamation of 11th January 2021 does not preclude the convening of a Special Parliament on Covid-19 pandemic to give effect to Article 43(3) of the Constitution that “The Cabinet should be collectively responsible to Parliament”.

This is fortified by six grounds:

Firstly, although the Clause 14(1)(a) Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 provides that “For so long as the emergency is in force, (a) the provisions relating to the summoning, proroguing and dissolution of Parliament in the Federal Constitution shall not have effect”, it also provides in Clause 14(1)(b) that “the Parliament shall be summoned, prorogued and dissolved on a date as the Yang di Pertuan Agong thinks appropriate”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia must learn from the lessons of the past, in particular the 22-months of Pakatan Harapan government, to rebuild Malaysia as a united, democratic, just and world-class great nation

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The global Covid-19 pandemic seems to have turned a corner with the number of Covid-19 cases across the globe declining for a fourth week in a row.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) weekly epidemiological update, the number of Covid-19 deaths reported worldwide decreased for a second week running, with 88,000 new deaths reported last week, a 10% drop compared to the previous week.

But it is too early to say whether the world has passed the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians should think of how we can fulfil Tunku’s wish for Malaysia to be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”

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One of the few living friends of Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and national independence activist, ninety-year-old Tan Sri Mohd Yusof Latiff, the Penang Malay Association President, said on Tunku’s 118th birthday anniversary two days ago that Tunku if still alive would have been depressed to see the present state of political affairs in the country.

He said: “It goes against every grain of his struggle for liberty and the right to self-govern, because racial harmony was the bedrock on why this country was granted independence from the colonists.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin should direct his Health Minister Adham Baba to retract his quarantine rules to uphold the Prime Minister’s own pledge that there will be no double-standards in Covid-19 quarantine SOP

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The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should direct his Health Minister, Dr. Adham Baba to retract his Covid-19 quarantine rules to uphold the Prime Minister’s own pledge that there will be no double standards in Covid-19 quarantine SOPs.

In October last year, Muhyiddin pledged in a special address to the nation over television on the latest Covid-19 situation in the country that there would be no practice of double standards in complying with Covid-19 quarantine orders. Read the rest of this entry »

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After a year of worsening Covid-19 pandemic, a false sense of priority seems to pervade the top echelon of the Muhyiddin government

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It is shocking that after a year of worsening Covid-19 pandemic, the re-imposition of movement control order and the declaration of an emergency, a false sense of priority seems to pervade the top echelon of the Muhyiddin government.

Otherwise, why the visit of the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to Indonesia where one of the results was to “step up talks to work out the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the implementation of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme between the two countries”, as announced by Muhyiddin after he met Indonesian President Jojo Widodo at Istana Merdeka, Jakarta last Friday?
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From No. 85 on Nov. 18, Malaysia has set a world record and jumped 36 places in two-and-a-half months to be ranked No. 49 among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

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From No. 85 on Nov. 18, 2020, Malaysia has set a world record and jumped 36 places in two-and-a-half months to be ranked No. 49 now among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

I had expected Malaysia to be ranked among the top 50 countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before the Chinese New Year, but we have achieved this dubious feat a week earlier.
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From No. 85 on Nov. 18, Malaysia has set a world record and jumped 35 places in two-and-a-half months to be among the top 50 countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

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From No. 85 on Nov. 18, Malaysia has set a world record and jumped 35 places in two-and-a-half months to be among the top 50 countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases

I had expected Malaysia to be ranked among the top 50 countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before the Chinese New Year, but we have achieved this dubious feat a week earlier.

If Malaysia continues in its trajectory of daily increase of more than 4,000 Covid-19 cases, we will be ranked No. 49 today, beating Croatia which has 234,153 cumulative total of cases as compared to Malaysia’s 231,483 Covid-19 cases.
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Chinese New Year SOP is best proof of the government’s failure to have an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach in the war against Covid-19 pandemic

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The Chinese New Year SOP is the best proof of the government’s failure to have a “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach in the war against Covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysians who want to give full support to the national strategy to bring the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic under control will also be infuriated and antagonised by the Chinese New Year SOP, as it is a SOP which would not be drawn up by any group which realises that it is essential to regain public confidence, trust and support if Malaysia is not to totally lose control in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians are set to face a grim Chinese New Year

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Malaysians are set to face a grim Chinese New Year with the extension of the second movement control order (MCO 2.0) to February 18, 2021.

If the Health Ministry’s National Institute of Health (NIH)’s revised pandemic projections are right, Malaysia will record 8,000 daily new Covid-19 cases by the first week of March and 10,000 daily new cases by the second week of March because of high infectivity rate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will the National Security Council pave the way for a change of strategy to enable an “all-of-government” and “whole-of –society” strategy which does not depend on increasing penalties but effective communication campaign to restore public confidence and trust to make every Malaysian war-minded to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control?

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Yesterday, it was reported that there were 4,214 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths in Malaysia, bringing the cumulative total to 219,173 cases and 770 fatalities.

Malaysia has moved one rank further from No. 53 the previous day to No. 52 among countries in the world with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases, although Malaysians do not know whether yesterday’s increase of new Covid-19 cases had been inflated by backlog cases.

Today, Malaysia will replace Bulgaria to rank as No. 51 among countries with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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What are the actual figures for new Covid-19 infections and deaths for the past three days minus the backlog cases?

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Malaysians are shocked that the data of the last three days for new daily Covid-19 infections and deaths are not accurate as the surge of cases was due to a backlog.

What then are the actual figures for the new Covid-19 infections and deaths for the past three days minus the backlog cases? Read the rest of this entry »

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Most distressing that grim forecasts of Covid-19 pandemic proved right

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On November 18, 2020, I warned that if Malaysia continued to surge with four-digit daily increases (and it was in the less than 2,000 category), by the end of the year in 2020, Malaysia will overtake China as a country with more Covid-19 infections!

At that time, China was placed No. 64th country with 86,361 Covid-19 cases and Malaysia was placed No. 85 with 49,730 Covid-19 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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The first month of 2021 has torn Muhyiddin’s New Year Message into smithereens and turned his five priorities for an integrated Covid recovery into dead promises

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The first month of the year 2021 has torn the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s New Year Message into smithereens and turned his five priorities for an integrated Covid recovery into dead promises.

His first priority to “improve public health through the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines with the launch of a nationwide vaccination programme” had been pulverised by two events:
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As MCO.2 has failed to bring down the third wave Covid-19 pandemic surge – its time for “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy in the war against Covid-19 pandemic to restore public trust and confidence and a Special Parliament on Covid-19 pandemic

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The partial and later full imposition of movement control order (MCO.2) from January 13-26 has failed to bring down the third wave Covid-19 pandemic surge.

We are the only country in Asia, excluding Indonesia, which is facing a long and serious upsurge of Covid-19 pandemic exceeding four months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Special Parliament on the Covid-19 pandemic to work out a strategy for Malaysia to get out of the slippery slope to a failed state in a post-Covid world

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In his live New Year message, the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin listed five priorities for the year 2021 in an integrated national recovery strategy post Covid-19.

The Fourth Priority is to “Uphold the country’s sovereignty and strengthen Malaysia’s position on the world stage”.

If we are serious about this priority, then Parliament must be convened in a Special Session on the Covid-19 pandemic to work out a strategy to get Malaysia out of the slippery slope to a failed state in a post-Covid world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reflection a year since Covid-19 – will it End?

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In addressing COVID issues today, apart from looking ahead, we need to look at our rear-view mirror. Malaysians forget easily and need to be reminded repeatedly that we are where we are today due to our government folly. COVID outbreak first started due to a concentration lapse involving the government agencies in managing COVID as the politician battle for power in Feb 2020 (Sheraton Move).

Despite the painful experience of 4 months of MCO that crippled the economy, and we returned to some degree of normalization, the peninsular politicians assaulted the Sabah government to grab power and, in the process brought the disease back to the peninsular states. KKM refusal to enforce quarantine for travelers between the two areas before and after the election is the primary reason why KKM resources are strained today and our economy crippling, and people are burdened again. Read the rest of this entry »

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