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Will Malaysia overtake China with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before or after the end of the present Parliament meeting?

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Today, December 1, 2020, marks one year since the first known patient showed symptoms of the disease in the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan, China, according to a key study on the Covid-19 epidemic in the Lancet medical journal.

The question we should be asking is whether Malaysia will overtake China with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before or after the end of the present Parliament meetng – Dewan Rakyat on Dec. 17 and Dewan Negara on Dec. 23, 2020.

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Malaysia overtook Singapore with more Covid-19 cases two days earlier than I had expected and is heading to overtake China before Parliament ends mid-December by current trajectories

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Malaysia has overtaken Singapore with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases two days earlier than I had expected, and is heading to overtake China before Parliament ends in mid-December by current trajectories.

Malaysia is now ranked No.83 in the world among countries with the biggest cumulative total of 58,847 Covid-19 cases while Singapore is ranked No. 84 with 58,183 cases as its cumulative total.
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Adham Baba should tell Parliament on Thursday why the Health Ministry is ignoring WHO advice for an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” response and approach in the Covid-19 epidemic to the extent that the 7,000 GPs felt sidelined

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The Health Minister, Adham Baba should tell Parliament in his winding-up speech on the 2021 Budget on Thursday why the Health Ministry is ignoring the World Health Organisation (WHO) advice to all governments to adopt an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” response and approach in the Covid-19 epidemic to the extent that the 7,000 general practitioners in the country felt sidelined.

For instance the WHO Regional Director South-East Asia, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh said in April: “A more comprehensive approach is needed with communities at the center of our response. Most importantly, communities need to be engaged and empowered to take appropriate decisions and measures. The onus must be on each one. At this stage, everyone needs to contribute to minimize health as well as socio-economic impact of the pandemic.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Adham Baba should explain in Parliament why the government has failed to incorporate private health care after 11 months in the fight against Covid-19 epidemic with the sector’s capabilities under-utilised

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The Health Minister, Adham Baba should explain in Parliament during the Ministerial winding-up stage of the 2021 Budget debate why the government has failed to incorporate private health care after 11 months in the fight against Covid-19 epidemic with the sector’s capabilities under-utilised.

This has caused the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Dr. Subramaniam Muniandy to stress that the government health facilities should not be taking on this battle on its own as private healthcare is an important component in the country’s overall healthcare system and can add strength in managing the Covid-19 epidemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin should have asked Parliament for a consensus to amend the relevant laws to suspend Batu Sapi by-election in view of Covid-19 epidemic instead of asking the Yang di Pertuan Agong to declare an emergency in Batu Sapi to suspend the by-election

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The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, should have asked Parliament for a consensus to amend the relevant laws to suspend the Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election on Dec. 5 in view of Covid-19 pandemic instead of asking the Yang di Pertuan Agong to declare an emergency in Batu Sapi to suspend the by-election.

The Election Commission announced the nomination and polling dates for the Batu Sapi by-election on 13th October, which means that the Muhyiddin government had 41 days to ask Parliament to amend the Constitution and the relevant election laws to suspend the Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election before Nomination on Nov. 23 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Has Malaysia lost control over the third wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic?

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Malaysia registered the second highest daily increase of Covid-19 cases yesterday – 1,290 new cases and four deaths to reach a cumulative total of 51,680 Covid-19 cases and 326 deaths.

If Covid-18 infection increases at the daily average of the past week, i.e. 1,127 cases a day, we are likely to overtake China by the end of the year as a country with more number of Covid-19 infections.

Today, China is placed No. 65th country with 86,381 Covid-19 cases, far behind eleven countries which have passed the million mark of Covid-19 cases, led by United States with over 12 million cases, India second with over 9 million cases, Brazil third with nearly six million cases, France fourth and Russia fifth with each country over two million cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Health Minister should not be downplaying the seriousness of the surge of Covid-19 cases when Malaysia likely to overtake China, formerly the top No. 1 country in the world with most number of Covid-19 infections at the start of the pandemic, if Malaysia is unable to reduce the four-digit daily increase of Covid-19 cases

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Instead of helping to resolve the crisis of confidence in the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic by appearing as a guest on Radio Television Malaysia’s Selamat Pagi Malaysia talk show yesterday, the Health Minister Dr. Adham Baba had done the opposite.

He said that the current Covid-19 recovery rate was higher than the first two waves – quoting the statistics of recovery and discharge rate of 73.4 per cent out of 48,520 case tally, while there were 12,601 active cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Education and Higher Education Ministries should try to keep the schools and universities open during the Covid-19 pandemic, taking into account the need to reduce the spread of Covid-19, and not to close them down as an automatic reflex

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The Education and Higher Education Ministries should try to keep the schools and universities open during the Covid-19 pandemic, taking into account the need to reduce the spread of Covid-19, and not to close them down as an automatic reflex.

This is why the announcement by the Minister of Education, Dr. Ridzi Jidin on the closure of all schools from Nov. 9, even in states where there are no Covid-19 red zones, had been met with mixed reactions.
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Unprecedented Deepavali this year – will there be unprecedented Christmas on December 25 and unprecedented Chinese New Year on Feb. 12, 2021

It was an unprecedented Deepavali this year – a new norm for Malaysian Hindus to celebrate the Festival of Lights for family members, friends and neighbours without the traditional Open House.

The question is whether Christmas in Malaysia and the world this year will also unprecedented. Further on – whether Thaipusam on 28th January 2021 and Chinese New Year on 12 February 2021 will also be unprecedented and will have to be celebrated under new norms with the continuing rampage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Tiong should be removed as Malaysia’s special envoy to China for this faux pax in Parliament making personal, malicious and cowardly attack on Noor Hisham and insinuating that the Health DG wanted to be WHO Secretary-General

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There is no other dignified option than for the Malaysia’s Special Envoy to China and MP for Bintulu, Tiong King Sing, to apologise in Parliament on Monday for his very personal, malicious and cowardly attack on the Health Director-General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah on Wednesday.

I agree with the Cuepacs President, Adnan Mat that Tiong had made an outrageous attack on Noor Hisham and had belittled the sacrifices of the civil servants who had been working tirelessly to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

In fact, the statement by the Deputy Health Minister Datuk Noor Azmi Ghazali last night that it was irresponsible and unreasonable to condemn the credibility and sacrifices of Noor Hisham in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in the country had accentuated the mysterious role of the Health Minister, Dr. Adham Baba in this rumpus.
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Heart-rending to see United States Government doing nothing to end the carnage from Covid-19 epidemic which has registered more than a million Covid-19 cases and killed another 10,000 Americans since US Election Day on Nov. 3

It is heart-rending to see the United States Government doing nothing to end the carnage from the Covid-19 epidemic which has registered more than a million Covid-19 cases and killed another 10,000 Americans since US Presidential Election Day on November 3.

It is a staggering abdication of leadership and responsibility that as the Covid-19 epidemic in the United States rages nation-wide, there is a vacuum of leadership in the US government, as Donald Trump disappeared inside the White House ensconced with his family and advisers on how to win an election already declared lost. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tiong’s attack on Noor Hisham in Parliament is not so simple and straightforward as it was most cowardly and malicious, hiding behind a gross abuse of parliamentary privilege

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The MP for Bintulu, Tiong King Sing’s attack on the Health Director-General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah in Parliament yesterday was not so simple and straightforward as it was a most cowardly and malicious, hiding behind a gross abuse of parliamentary privilege.

If it was not a malicious attack, why did’nt Tiong criticise the Heath Minister, Dr. Adham Baba who must bear full responsibility in Parliament for whatever happened in the Health Ministry?

Tiong had been a five-term Member of Parliament for 21 years since 1999. Is Tiong seriously suggesting that he is not aware that on all health matters, it is the Health Minister and not the Health Director-General who is answerable to Parliament? Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on NSC to minimise adverse economic impact of lockdowns and adopt a more flexible approach to lift early the four-week CMCO imposed on almost all states until Dec. 6 in states where there is no red zone or few Covid-19 cases

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The National Security Council should minimise the adverse economic impact of lockdowns and should adopt a more flexible approach to lift early the four-week conditional movement control order (CMCO) imposed on almost all states until Dec. 6 in states where there is no red zone or report few Covid-19 cases.

There are today at least three states , i.e. Johor, Malacca and Kedah which have no red zone or district with more than 40 Covid-19 cases, although they had a red zone district each when the CMCO was announced. The NSC should consider lifting the CMCO in these three states.
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Was King Sing speaking on behalf of Health Minister when he attacked the Health DG in Parliament?

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I was intrigued by the unparliamentary conduct of the Bintulu MP Tiong King Sing when he attacked the Health director-general Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah in Parliament today.

Tiong accused Noor Hisham for being “afraid to die” for not being in Sabah to monitor the Covid-19 situation.

Did Tiong prove he is “not afraid to die” by going over from Bintulu to Sabah in the Sabah state general election? Read the rest of this entry »

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Johor MB commended for asking that CMCO should be imposed in red zones only

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I commend the Johor Menteri Besar Hasni Mohammad for proposing that the conditional movement control order (MCO) be enforced only in red zone areas or districts with a high number of Covid-19 cases and not the entire state.

He said the recommendation, for the consideration of the federal government, was made through the State Security Special Committee (JKKN) meeting.

I fully agree with Hasni that this is very important, so that the implementation of the CMCO does not affect the economic sector and daily life in areas with a low number of cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is the government not learning from the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic in the last 10 months, not only in Malaysia but in the world, to implement a flexible “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” war against the coronavirus to strike a proper balance to save lives and livelihoods as well

One thought that kept recurring to me in the four-hour road journey from Gelang Patah to Kuala Lumpur today for the Parliament meeting tomorrow is: Why is the government not learning from the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic in the last 10 months, not only in Malaysia but in the world, to implement a flexible “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy against the coronavirus to strike a proper balance to save lives and livelihoods as well.

I had suggested in Gelang Patah early this morning that the government should reconsider its decision to impose the conditional movement control order (CMCO) on Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Perak, Kedah and Terengganu from tomolrrow by taking into account the lessons in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and to have greater flexibility to allow Malaysians to live with the coronavirus without destroying livelihoods and hopes of a national economic recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

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Government should reconsider its decision to impose CMCO on Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Perak, Kedah and Terengganu to strike a proper balance between saving lives and saving livelihoods

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The government should reconsider its decision to impose the conditional movement control order (CMCO) on Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Perak, Kedah and Terengganu to take into account the lessons of the past ten months to fight the Covid-19 epidemic with greater flexibility which allow Malaysians to live with the corona virus without destroying livelihoods and hopes of a national economic recovery.

There must be a proper balance between saving lives and saving livelihoods.

In Jobor there are three districts which are green, ie. without a single case, namely Balu Pahat, Mersing and Segamat; while there are six districts which are in yellow zone. i.e. with 1 to 14 cases in the last 14 days, namely Kluang, Kulai, Tangkak, Kota Tinggi, Pontian and Muar. There is only one district which is in red zone, i.e. with more than 40 cases in the last 14 days.

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The marvel is not that Joe Biden won, but that Donald Trump nearly won!

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After four nail-biting days, which nearly turned the US Presidential Election Day into an Election Week, Joe Biden has been confirmed to have crossed the magic figure of 270 US Electoral College votes to become the 46th President of the United States.

The marvel is not that Joe Biden won, but that Donald Trump nearly won!

It is a testimony of the power of disinformation and fake news in the era of information that despite ignoring over 10 million Covid-19 cases and nearly a quarter of a million of Covid-19 fatalities in the United States in the 10-month-old epidemic – almost five times the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam war – and painting a false picture in the final days of the campaign that the United States was “turning the corner” in the Covid-19 epidemic when it was raging to a new high registering a record daily increase of 132,540 Covid-19 infections on Nov. 6, Trump was nearly re-elected President of the Unites States.

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Zafrul’s 2021 Budget is a great disappointment and a major let-down — as it is an unprecedented opportunity lost as there were no flashes of imagination, inspiration or creativity to create an united and great Malaysia

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The Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz’s 2021 Budget is a great disappointment and a major let-down — as it was an unprecedented opportunity lost as there were no flashes of imagination, inspiration or creativity to create a united and great Malaysia.

It was ironic and very foreboding that the Budget 2021, designed to fight the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, was presented on the day when Covid-19 cases soared to a new record of 1,755 cases, with 1,199 cases in Sabah alone.

It is particularly heart-rending that the 2021 Budget had slashed billions of ringgit for curative care and public health, including deep cuts for cancer and kidney diseases with the former cut by 10 times.

This is totally against the recent advice and warning by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to all countries in the world to prepare for the next pandemic.

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One thing Malaysians must learn from the US Presidential Election cliffhanger if Malaysia is not to end up as a basket case – the power of disinformation especially from top political leaders must be countered and exposed

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One thing Malaysians must learn from the United States Presidential Election cliffhanger if Malaysia is not to end up as a basket case – the need to counter and expose the power of disinformation especially from top political leaders.

One Minister of the Najib government, for instance, had said before the 14th General Election that the 1MDB financial scandal was “fake news”.

Did this Minister ever apologise for such a lie and falsehood?

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