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Looking Back at Two Years of COVID-19

(Versi BM)

After two years, 2.8 million COVID-19 cases, 32,000 deaths and 60 million vaccine doses later, all Malaysians are tired and want to put the COVID-19 nightmare behind us. But this pandemic shows no signs of being over.

Omicron is hitting many countries in early 2022, causing re-infections in those previously infected with COVID-19 and breakthrough infections in those previously vaccinated. There is no coherent long-term Malaysian strategy against COVID-19, except for emphasizing boosters. Read the rest of this entry »

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The struggle for a New and Better Malaysia is unfinished business and Malaysians must reaffirm their commitment to continue the struggle or cede the future of Malaysia to racialists, religious bigot and kleptocrats

(Versi BM)

An elected representative who is doing a Masters programme in a local university asked me yesterday what I thought of the New Economic Policy.

I spoke about the New Economic Policy in my first speech in Parliament 51 years ago in February 1971 where I declared that the DAP supported affirmative policies to help the poor and the backward but it must be based on need but not on race.

I said that the DAP is “dedicated to the abolition of poverty and economic backwardness regardless of race” and that we want to create a “classless community of Malaysians based on fellowship, co-operation and service, where there is no exploitation of man by man, class by class or race by race”. Read the rest of this entry »

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How can Malaysia be back on track of long-term economic plan in 2022 when it could not even return to pre-Emergency days of the Covid-19 pandemic let alone end the 15-month third Covid-19 wave in Malaysia, which has become the longest Covid-19 wave in the world?

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri in his special New Year message yesterday, expressed the hope that 2022 will see Malaysia back on track of long-term economic plan.

Ismail Sabri is being very unrealistic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Covid Infamy in Malaysia: In 30 days in December 2021, Malaysia has 20 times Covid-19 cases and four times Covid-19 deaths of Indonesia, which has more than eight times the population of Malaysia

(Versi BM)

Today is the last day of the last week for 2021.

I have written about an infamy a day for Malaysia in the six days for the last week of 2021.

Today is no exception. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ibrahim Durum has failed as the Malacca State Assembly Speaker in frivolously allowing the four-day Malacca Assembly to be shortened to one day when Malacca had the second lowest daily new Covid-19 cases since Polling Day on 20th November and no Covid-19 death on Dec. 27, 2021

(Versi BM)

Ibrahim Durum has failed as the Malacca State Assembly Speaker in frivolously allowing the four-day Malacca State Assembly to be shortened to one day when Malacca had the second lowest daily new Covid-19 cases since Polling Day on November 20 and no Covid-19 death on Dec. 27, 2021.

The Malacca State Assembly Speaker should not have allowed the Malacca Chief Minister, Sulaiman Md Ali to move the motion to shorten the State Assembly from four days to one day on the ground that four Malacca State Assemblymen did not attend because they were tested positive for Covid-19 while three other assemblymen were absent after coming into close contact with those who had tested positive. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is Malaysia losing out to Indonesia for more than four months in the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic although Indonesia has more than eight times Malaysia’s population?

A British think-tank has predicted that China’s Covid-19 response will help China to become the world’s biggest economy three years early in vying with United States for economic superiority.

British consultancy Cebr expected China will become the world’s top economy in dollar terms in 2030, two years later than forecast in last year’s World Economic League Table report. Read the rest of this entry »

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We have missed the boat and will not be able to achieve Pre-Emergency situation in Covid-19 pandemic this year, let alone end the longest Covid-19 wave in the world going back to September last year

(Versi BM)

Malaysians must now keep their eyes on the twin disasters in Malaysia – the two-year Covid-19 pandemic and the floods disaster in Selangor and Pahang, which have claimed 27 lives so far, the highest death toll since the last major floods in 2014.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed 31,221 lives and exceeded cumulative total of 2.7 million Covid-19 cases, we have missed the boat and will not be able to achieve pre-Emergency situation this year, let alone end the longest Covid-19 wave in the world going back September last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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When will Malaysia return to the pre-Emergency period when there were 2,232 daily new Covid-19 cases and four daily Covid-19 deaths on January 11, 2021 when Emergency was declared to combat the Covid-19 pandemic?

(Versi BM)

When will Malaysia return to the pre-Emergency period when there were 2,232 daily new Covid-19 cases and four daily Covid-19 deaths on January 11, 2021 when Emergency was declared to combat the Covid-19 pandemic?

Even when we can return to the pre-Emergency period of having less than 2,232 daily new Covid-19 cases and four daily Covid-19 deaths, we have to surmount another challenge – when Malaysia can end the third Covid wave in Malaysia going back to the Sabah state election in September last year, making Malaysia carry the infamy of having the longest Covid wave in the world for over 15 months and still counting. Read the rest of this entry »

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I support a division voting should be called if Khairy is so unreasonable as want to force through the draconian and unscientific Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Amendment Bill tomorrow instead of referring it to a Select Committee

(Versi BM)

I support that a division voting should be called if the Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is so unreasonable as want to force through the draconian and unscientific Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Amendment Bill tomorrow with excessive million-ringgit fines and compounds and disproportionate seven-year penal penalties instead of referring it to a Select Committee.

Just as there was no justification for the declaration of Emergency on January 11, 2021 to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no justification for the Dewan Rakyat to pass the amendment to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Amendment bill tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Khairy will be destroying his own credibility and political future if he forces through the draconian and unscientific Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Amendment Bill with excessive million-ringgit fines and compounds and disproportionate seven-year penal penalties on Thursday

(Versi BM)

The new Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will be destroying his own credibility and political future if he forces through the draconian and unscientific Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Amendment Bill with excessive million-ringgit fines and compounds and disproportionate seven-year penal penalties on Thursday.

Although Khairy had done quite a good job in his first Hundred Days on Dec. 7 as compared to other Ministers as he had ended the crazy upsurge of daily Covid-19 cases and daily Covid-19 deaths (which might have reached by today cumulaltive totals of five million Covid-19 cases and 100,000 Covid-19 death if the crazy upsurge had not been stopped), we are still a great distance from ending the third Covid-19 wave in Malaysia, which has become the longest Covid-19 wave in the world going back to September last year.
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I will interrupt my campaigning for Pakatan Harapan in the Sarawak general election and fly back to KL tomorrow to vote in Parliament on the Constitution Amendment Bill 2021 to undo the Constitutional Amendment 45 years ago to restore to Sarawak its rights under the Malaysia Act 1963

(Versi BM)

I will interrupt my campaigning for Pakatan Harapan in the Sarawak general election and fly back to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to vote in Parliament on the Constitution Amendment Bill 2021 to undo the Constitutional Amendment 45 years ago to restore to Sarawak its rights under the Malaysia Act 1963.

When the 1976 Constitutional Amendment Bill was voted in Parliament on 13th July 1976, it was carried by 130 votes supporting and nine votes opposing – all the nine votes came from DAP which included myself. Those who supported the Constitution Amendment in 1976 which reduced Sarawak and Sabah from a region comparable to Peninsular Malaysia to one of the 13 states in Malaysia included all the Sarawak Barisan Nasional leaders, like two MPs who became Sarawak Chief Minister and Sarawak Yang di Pertua, Abdul Rahman Yaacob and Taib Mahmud, SUPP leaders Ong Kee Hui and Stephen Yong and SNAP leaders Edmund Langgu, Patrick Uren and Luhat Wan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Question by MMA President whether pushing up the number of Covid-19 cases is part of the KPI for next 100 days deserve a serious reply from both Prime Minister and Health Minister

The question by the Malaysian Medical Association Dr. Koh Kar Chai whether pushing up the number of Covid-19 cases is part of the KPI for the next 100 days deserves a serious reply from both the Prime Minister Ismail Sabri and the Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Dr Koh asked the question after the 100-day Malaysian Family Aspirations programme which was launched in KLCC on December 9 and slated to run for 4 days, where there was an “overdrive” to garner publicity but not to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections, despite Malaysia having the longest Covid-19 wave in the world going back to September last year and repeated Health Ministry warnings about the delta and Omicron variants in the country and encouraging booster shots to stave off a Covid-19 upsurge in the pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ismail Sabri should have insisted that the Covid-19 SOPs be observed or walked away from the 100-day report card event yesterday to show that he was serious about the 23-month Covid-19 pandemic which have accumulated nearly 2.7 million Covid-19 cases and caused over 30,000 Covid-19 deaths

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri should have insisted that the Covid-19 SOPs be observed or walked away from the 100-day report card event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday to show that he was serious about the 23-month Covid-19 pandemic which have accumulated nearly 2.7 million Covid-19 cases and caused over 30,000 Covid-19 deaths
In fact, it should be asked how many of the over 30,000 Covid-19 deaths are avoidable deaths, simply caused of sheer incompetence of the health service.

By allowing an event which threw all the Covid-19 SOPs to the winds, Ismail Sabri had failed not only as the ninth Prime Minister, but the nation and the Malaysian people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Election Commission should relax the Sarawak General Election SOPs to ensure that the holding of “clean, free and fair election” is not curbed on the specious ground of preventing the spread of Covid-19 infection

(Versi BM)

The Election Commission should relax the Sarawak General Election SOPs to ensure that the holding of “clean, free and fair election” is not curbed on the specious ground of preventing the spread of Covid-19 infection.

Everybody agrees that in the Sarawak general election, everyone must not take their eyes off from the Covid-19 pandemic and must do everything possible to prevent Covid-19 infections, but this should not be used as an excuse to prevent the holding of a “clean, free and fair” general election.
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Can Khairy’s first 100 Days on December 7 see triple-digit daily new Covid-19 cases and single-digit Covid-19 deaths?

A week ago, when on November 28, 2021 we recorded 4,239 daily new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 196 days since May 16, and 29 daily Covid-19 deaths – second lowest in over six months – I posed the question as to when Malaysia could decrease to the day when we will record triple-digit Covid-19 new daily cases and single-digit Covid-19 deaths.

I asked this question for two reasons: firstly, this objective seemed within reach on Nov. 28; and secondly, Indonesia had been recording triple-digit daily new cases since 15th October 2021 and single-digit Covid-19 deaths for five days since 19th November 2021. Read the rest of this entry »

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Education Ministry should act swiftly to implement Covid tests at home or supply the teachers and school staff with protective gear to prevent transmission of Covid-19

(Versi BM)

The Education Ministry should act swiftly to implement Covid tests at home or supply the teachers and school staff with protective gear to prevent transmission of Covid-19.

The Ministry of Education on Nov 27 said primary school pupils would undergo mandatory Covid-19 tests based on a rotational basis every Wednesday in line with the National Covid-19 Testing Strategy set by the Health Ministry.
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The light at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic tunnel is getting brighter but we must remain vigilant in view of the advent of omnicron variant of Covid-19 virus

(Versi BM)

The light at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic tunnel is getting brighter but we must remain vigilant in view of the omnicron variant of Covid-19 virus – to adhere to mask wearing, to use good ventilation and to avoid close contact with too many people and to get vaccinated or get booster shots.

Yesterday, we recorded 4,087 daily new Covid-19 cases – the lowest in 197 days – the strongest indication that we can look forward to breaching the 4,000-line to go below 4,000 daily new Covid-19 cases after struggling for six weeks in the 4,500 – 6,500 cases region for daily new cases, and even to return to pre-Emergency days of January 11, 2021 when we had 2,232 daily new Covid-19 cases and four Covid-19 deaths. Read the rest of this entry »

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Some good news at last on the Covid-19 pandemic front on the last day of Ismail Sabri’s first hundred days – lowest daily new Covid-19 cases since May 16 and second lowest daily Covid-19 deaths in six months

(Versi BM)

After 99 days of depressing, gloomy or at best “not bad news”, it is great to have some good news at last on the Covid-19 pandemic front on the last day of Ismail Sabri’s first hundred days as the ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Yesterday, Malaysia recorded 4,239 daily new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 196 days since May 16, and 29 daily Covid-19 deaths – second lowest in over six months.

I had hoped that at least by the first 100 Days of Ismail Sabri as the ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia, we can at least undo the damage of the proclamation of emergency by the Muhyiddin Yassin Government on January 11, 2021, when we had 2,232 daily new Covid-19 cases and four Covid-19 deaths, with the cumulative totals of 138,224 Covid-19 cases and 555 Covid-19 deaths. Read the rest of this entry »

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There is widespread misunderstanding of the CSR MOU that it meant DAP and PH now support the racialist, one-sided and divisive 2022 Budget when this is not the case

There is widespread misunderstanding of the confidence-supply-reform (CSR) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that it meant that DAP and Pakatan Harapan (PH) now support the racialist, one-sided and divisive 2022 Budget when this is not the case.

DAP and Pakatan Harapan leaders and MPs will continue to oppose the racism, injustices and discrimination of the 2022 budget, which does not reflect the “Keluarga Malaysia” concept advocated by Ismail Sabri. Read the rest of this entry »

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Some fallacies about the Malacca general election result of Nov. 20

(Versi BM)

There are many fallacies about the outcome of the Malacca general election of November 20, 2021.

Firstly, that it was a landslide victory of UMNO and Barisan Nasional, when it was landslide victory of seats but not of votes – as although the BN won two-thirds majority of the state assembly seats, it won only an infinitesimal increase of 0.55 per cent of the 2018 votes cast to secure 38.39% of the votes in the Malacca general election last Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

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