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Can all political parties reach a national consensus that the 15th General Election will not be held during the Covid-19 pandemic?

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Recently, there has been new convulsions on the Malaysian political scene.

One of the demands is the holding of the 15th General Election even during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Cabinet tomorrow should reconsider the summoning of a special Parliament to address the worsening Covid-19 pandemic as the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases could reach 200,000 – 250,000 cases by the time Parliament is re-opened on March 8

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Yesterday Malaysia reported another 1,741 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 120,818 cases. The death toll from the pandemic has also crossed the 500 mark to 501.

The Heath Director-General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the Health Ministry is mulling to allow Covid-19 patients who are asymptomatic to be quarantined at home as its bed capacity at government facilities is reaching the limit of 23,000.

Currently, there are 22,089 active Covid-19 cases, with the country witnessing a high number of cases daily.
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A Tale of Two Cities — Wuhan and New York

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CNN news headlined: “Thousands packed the streets to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged, as other cities worldwide were deserted”.

This is the modern story of “A Tale of Two Cities”, the historical novel by Charles Dickens which I studied in the literature class when I was Form IV in Batu Pahat High School in 1958.

Dickens’ famous opening sentence is particularly relevant to the opening of the year 2021: Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is Malaysia not learning the best lessons in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic from the top ten countries in the Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking?

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On 24th April 2020, I suggested the establishment of a Covid-19 Pandemic Study Centre to learn from the successes and mistakes of other nations so that we can be effective and efficient in our war against the Covid-19 pandemic.

But like the many constructive suggestions that I had made last year how best to fight to Covid-19 pandemic, it fell on deaf ears. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Muhyiddin appoint a hands-on Health Minister to lead the war against Covid-19 pandemic and move Adham Baba sideways to another Ministry?

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We entered the New Year with the Covid-19 pandemic raging its worst stage in Malaysia and the world, registering on the last day of 2020 a record-high daily increase in Malaysia of 2,525 new Covid-19 cases, while the world registers a record-high daily increase of over 740,000 new Covid-19 cases.

The cumulative total of recorded Covid-19 cases in Malaysia and the world are 113,010 cases and 83.8 million cases respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cabinet should today decide on summoning a special Parliament in January to address the runaway situation in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with a new “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy in the war against Covid-19 pandemic and to establish a Select Committee on Covid-19 pandemic

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Yesterday, Malaysia reported 1,925 new Covid-19 cases, ranking Malaysia as No. 35th among countries in the world with the highest daily increase of Covid-19 cases.

We seem to be in a runaway situation as far as the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia is concerned, losing control of the pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Covid 19 pandemic and corruption are the two biggest problems facing Malaysia in the coming new year

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In his article “Pandemic vs Endemic”, Dr. Mohamed Rafick Khan said he is more concerned and worried about corruption than the Covid-19 pandemic, as “corruption is so bad that it has gone to every level of society”.

He said: “It’s hard to comprehend that a person who give salam, praise the Lord, and pray five times a day has no issue to engage in corrupt practice.
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Time for an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach as the record-high of 2,335 daily new Covid-19 infections yesterday is proof that the present strategy has failed to check the runaway surge in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic

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The time has come for an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach to the war against the Covid-19 pandemic as the record-high of 2,335 daily new Covid-19 infections yesterday is proof that the present strategy has failed to check the runaway surge in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic

In fact, it shows that we are not very far from United States Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projections of 2,987 daily new cases on January 1, 2021 and 5,379 infections on March 21, 2021.
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Malaysians need a new national consensus after six decades of nation-building to be a world-class great nation and to better prepare for a pandemic economic recovery

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It gives me no pleasure or satisfaction to forecast Malaysia’s overtaking China or that we will exceed the 100,000 mark for cumulative total of Covid-19 cases by Christmas tomorrow and to be proved right for these are sad and dishonourable milestones for Malaysia.

But with Malaysia recording an average of 2,000 Covid-19 new cases daily, the cumulative total of Malaysia by the end of January, February and March 2021 are likely to be 175,000, 230,000 and 300,000 Covid-19 cases respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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What a contrast in news reports – Singapore received its first batch of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine while Malaysian Prime Minister only signing agreement with AstraZeneca for an additional 6.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine

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What a contrast in news reports – Singapore received its first batch of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine while Malaysian Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin only signing agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for an additional 6.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

Singapore is the first Asian country to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech shots after it said last week that it had approved the companies’ vaccine and is expected to begin a widespread vaccination programme in the first week of January with the aged and priority work first, and a target to vaccinate the entire population of 5.3 million as soon as possible.
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Dare Khairy say that Malaysia has got Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine only 10 times higher than Belgium or better still, that Malaysia has got them cheaper than Belgium?

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Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said it was incorrect for me to claim that Belgium is paying 20 times less for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine compared to Malaysia.

Dare Khairy say that Malaysia has got Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine only 10 times higher than Belgium, or better still, that Malaysia has got Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine cheaper than Belgium?
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Let the drawing up of the new national consensus for a great Malaysia be a bottom-up affair, involving holding the government to account for Covid-19 responses, demanding explanation why Malaysia is paying RM3 billion to immunise 6.4 million Malaysians when the expose from a Belgian Minister shows it should be cheaper by over 20 times

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The 32 million Malaysians must take ownership of the idea of a new national consensus for a great Malaysia in 2040 and the drafting of the new national consensus should be a bottom-up and not a top-down affair.

I have written in the past few days of an urgent need for a new national consensus as the Merdeka Constitution 1957, the Malaysian Constitution 1963, the Rukun Negara 1970 and the Vision 2020 promulgated in 1991 have all failed as nation-building instruments to the extent that there are now Ministers in the Cabinet who reject these basic documents of Malaysian nation-building. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anwar assured that DAP leadership had never proposed a change of Opposition Leader

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Malaysia is surging ahead in the stakes for the most cumulative total of Covid19 cases in the world – leaving China ranked No. 80 behind, beating Bahrain to be ranked No. 78 with 91,969 cases. Today, Malaysia will improve its position to be ranked No. 77 if its daily increase of Covid-19 infections today reaches1,792 cases.
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Urgent action needed to infuse Malaysians with a new national consensus to pull ourselves up from our bootstraps if Malaysia is not to spiral down the trajectory to a kleptocratic, kakistocratic and a failed state in 2040

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Urgent action is needed to infuse Malaysians with a new national consensus and pull ourselves up from our bootstraps if Malaysia is not to spiral down the trajectory to a kleptocratic, kakistocratic and a failed state in 2040.

In the final days of the year 2020, evidence are galore that we have failed in Vision 2020 to make Malaysia a great world-class nation which is united, harmonious, democratic, just, prosperous and capable of leveraging on Malaysia’s unique position as a confluence of four great civilisations to be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is the government doing to ensure that the IHME projection that Malaysia will reach 5,000 daily increase of new Covid-19 cases by end February does not come true?

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At the current rate of new daily increases of Covid-19 cases, Malaysia will cross the 100,000 mark in cumulative total of Covid-19 cases by Christmas Day next week.

The US-based Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation (IHME) projects a continuous rise in Covid-19 cases until mid-March 2021, hitting over 5,000 infections daily at the end of February.

If the IHME model is proved right, then Malaysia will join the top 30 countries in the world with the most rapid surge in Covid-19 infections, as there are less than 25 countries in the world which register a daily increase of 5,000 Covid-19 infections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Its time to have more young Malaysians in leadership positions as they have most at stake about the future

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The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has survived the confidence test with the passage of the 2021 Budget, a most ordinary budget in extraordinary times created by the “one-in-a-century” Covid-19 pandemic, but he has not demonstrated that he was won the confidence of Members of Parliament, Malaysians and the world as illustrated by the Fitch Ratings downgrade on Malaysia’s sovereign credit rating, Malaysia’s overtaking of China today in total cumulative Covid-19 cases and the joint press conference by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tengku Razaleigh on Monday evening.

This is one of the abnormal situations where Muhyiddin had survived the confidence test but not regained public confidence in his government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians must bestir themselves and demand an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy against Covid-19 pandemic as Malaysia will overtake China in having more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases either today or tomorrow

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Malaysians must bestir themselves and demand an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy against Covid-19 pandemic as Malaysia will overtake China in having more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases either today or tomorrow.

Malaysia reported 1,371 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, and we are on the verge of overtaking China with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia will overtake China with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases when Dewan Rakyat adjourns on Thursday, if not sooner in two days’ time by Wednesday

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If the trajectory of the daily increase of new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is maintained, Malaysia will overtake China with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases when Dewan Rakyat adjourns on Thursday – if not sooner in two days’ time by Wednesday.

This is not something for Malaysia to be proud, because China has over 40 times the population of Malaysia, with China 1.4 billion population compared to Malaysia’s 32 million population. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia may overtake China with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before Dewan Rakyat adjourns on Thursday, December 17

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On December 1, I asked whether Malaysia will overtake China with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before or after the end of the present Parliament meeting – Dewan Rakyat on Dec. 17 and Dewan Negara on Dec. 29, 2020.

Yesterday, Malaysia had a daily increase of 1,937 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 82,246 cases.
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Parliament’s greatest failure will be its inability to set up two Select Committees – one on the Covid-19 Pandemic and the other on Corruption and Integrity

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Dewan Rakyat has a last week left for the November/December 2020 meeting before its adjournment — i.e. next Monday to Thursday, Dec. 14–17, 2020.

I regard the greatest failure of the November/December meeting of Parliament is its failure to set up two Select Committees — one on the Covid-19 pandemic and the other on Corruption and Integrity.

In fact, Parliament would be gravely negligence and irresponsible in not setting these two Select Committees, reflecting the Muhyiddin Cabinet as its kakistocratic worst. Read the rest of this entry »

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