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As an urgent anti-Covid-19 Pandemic measure, Parliament should decriminalise suicide in September/October meeting and Ismail Sabri should announce that no one will be prosecuted for attempted suicide until law is amended

As an urgent anti-Covid-19 pandemic measure, Parliament should decriminalise suicide in the September/October meeting starting on Monday and the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri should announce that no one will be prosecuted for attempted suicide until the law is amended.

The 21-month long Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unusual rise in suicides – with the police recording 638 suicides in the first seven months of 2021, or three suicides a day, as compared to 631 in 2020 and 699 in 2019. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Khairy to direct the hospitalisation of Category 3 Covid-19 patients and those with comorbidities like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and cancers as well as the urgent construction of more field hospitals by the armed services

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The new Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin should heed the SOS calls of the Penang General Hospital surgeons who want clear plans for the growing Covid-19 caseload, as reported by Malay Mail online (MMO).

MMO reported that Covid-19 cases that are growing at over 1,000 daily meant wards in the Penang General Hospital (GH) are at almost full capacity, prompting surgeons to seek direct guidelines for dealing with the spillover. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Khairy explain why for 16 consecutive days, Indonesia has reduced its daily new Covid-19 cases to less than that of Malaysia — to even less than half like yesterday’s 8,955 cases to Malaysia’s 20,988 cases?

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Can the new Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, explain why for 16 consecutive days, Indonesia has reduced its daily new Covid-19 cases to less than that of Malaysia — to even less than half like yesterday’s 8,955 cases to Malaysia’s 20,988 cases?

This is not fault-finding but to find ways to improve our handling of the Covid-19 pandemic so as to win the war against it instead of being one of the worst-performing nations in the world in the Covid-19 pandemic in the past year.

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Is Muhyiddin going to have a parallel Cabinet of Special Advisers with Ministerial status?

The appointment of Bersatu deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu as special adviser to the Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin with the status of Minister raises the question whether Muhyiddin is going to have a parallel Cabinet of Special Advisers with Ministerial status.

This is because there are already two full Ministers and two deputy Ministers for the two portfolios of community relations and communications for which Faizal Azumu had been appointed as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister. Read the rest of this entry »

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Noor Hisham’s statement about superspreader event in Parliament most unfortunate – where is the evidence?

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The statement by the Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah yesterday that a superspreader event is possible if the special parliamentary sitting proceeds is most unfortunate.

Where is the evidence? Is it just to frighten the MPs? Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal205 – Call on Muhyiddin to personally intervene to negotiate with the contract doctors to persuade them not to go on strike tomorrow and to explain to Parliament his formula to resolve the longstanding problems of the contract doctors

The Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, should personally intervene to negotiate with the contract doctors to persuade them not to go on strike tomorrow, and the Prime Minister should explain to Parliament tomorrow his formula to resolve the longstanding problems of the contract doctors.

Hartal Doktor Kontrak has said that some 5,000 doctors nationwide are expected to take part in a strike tomorrow which will throw the public healthcare system into utter chaos, as the system is already on the verge of breaking point.
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#kerajaangagal185 – With Covid-19 pandemic causing unprecedented spiral of suicides, call on Prime Minister to announce that the government will decriminalise suicide attempts and until the law is amended, no one will be prosecuted for attempted suicide

With the Covid-19 pandemic causing unprecedented spiral of suicides, I call on Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin to announce that the government will decriminalise suicide attempts and until the law is amended, no one will be prosecuted for attempted suicide.

The 18-month long Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unusual rise in suicides – with the police recording 468 suicides in the first five months of 2021, or three suicides a day, as compared to 631 in 2020 and 699 in 2019.
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#kerajaangagal182 – Adham Baba must explain what decision the Cabinet had taken on the “contract doctor” issue

Two days before the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 14th July, the Health Minister Adham Baba said the Cabinet would decide on the long-outstanding “contract doctor” issue.

Adham owes it not only to the contract doctors but to all Malaysians in the face of a worsening 18-month Covid-19 pandemic as the contract doctors are the front-liners in the pandemic as to what decision the Cabinet had taken on this issue.
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#kerajaangagal176 – The Muhyiddin Cabinet should not paint a false and dishonest picture of the Covid-19 pandemic or claim that the government strategy, including the six-month emergency, was not a dismal failure in the war against Covid-19 pandemic

Deputy Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob dropped a bombshell yesterday when he said the entire country is expected to move into Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan in early August based on the performance of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Program (NIP) where individuals who completed two doses of vaccine exceeded the 10 percent threshold set for the country.

Under the National Recovery Plan announced by the Prime Minister on June 15, the transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 is after the threshold values for the following three main indicators are met, viz: Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal171 – When will Malaysia have more than half its population fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which is the first step to win the war against the Covid-19 pandemic

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More than a year ago 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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#kerajaangagal148 – Malaysia will exceed 10,000 Covid-19 deaths soon if the present rate of Covid-19 fatalities – where 2,302 people died of Covid-19 in the 29 days of June – is not stopped

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The Cabinet must find a formula to end the spiral of Covid-19 deaths and suicides or we are going to see fatalities from Covid-19 pandemic exceed 10,000 deaths and a record-year for suicides.

Malaysia will exceed 10,000 Covid-19 deaths soon if the present rate of Covid-19 fatalities – where 2,302 people died of Covid-19 in the 29 days of June – is not stopped.
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#kerajaangagal145 – The whole Cabinet should resign if it continues to show indifference and lack of seriousness about the Covid-19 pandemic and allow outstanding grievances of contract doctors to fester into Code Black and hartal events

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It is heart-rending to read of the plight of the contract doctors. One of them wrote:

“I do not have job security and my future appears bleak. Because of the fact that I am not a Permanant Medical Officer, my contract may not be renewed at the whim of my employer (Ministry of Health, Malaysia) and I do not have a chance to further my studies to specialise in a Masters program. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal141 – Replace the National Recovery Plan with a new strategy to win the war against Covid-19 pandemic

The National Recovery Plan hurriedly announced by the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on 15th June on the eve of the Conference of Rulers special meeting is not one which can win the war against the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is clear from the failure of the six-month emergency declared on January 11, 2021 and the extended “total lockdowns” ending tomorrow June 28 with the Prime Minister just announcing that the first phase of the National Recovery Plan continues until the threshold of less than 4,000 cases a day is reached. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal139 – Zafrul would face censure if he could not resolve the problems of the contract doctors in two weeks

The Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz would face censure if he could not resolve the problems of the contract doctors within two weeks.

Tengku had agreed to expedite solutions for the plight of contract medical officers, amid some doctors calling for a strike beginning July 1. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal119 – Has the Prime Minister and Cabinet abandoned the objective to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 or is it just the position of Khairy Jamaluddin?

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The Minister co-ordinating Covid-19 vaccines, Khairy Jamaluddin announced yesterday that he had abandoned the objective to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 by vaccinating 80 per cent of the population.

Is this the position of the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) or is it just Khairy’s position? Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal79 — Convene Parliament to evoke the Dunkirk Spirit among Malaysians to unite and prevail over the Covid-19 crisis

The lament of the Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdulalh that there is heavy traffic out of Klang Valley before the total lockdown on Tuesday despite the inter-district travel ban and the fear that the health system is facing paralysis is part of a larger problem — the inability of the Muhyiddin government to restore public trust and confidence and the failure to have a “whole-of-society” strategy and approach in the 17-month war against Covid-19 pandemic.

We have not been able to evoke the “Dunkirk spirit”, the nation’s ability to come together with courage and resourcefulness to get through a crisis, because the government has become a kakistocracy and the government leaders do not inspire the people with trust and confidence. Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal78 — Khairy should reveal the latest time-line for Malaysia to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 under the National Immunisation Programme (NIP)

Two days ago, an article on the race by countries  to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 by vaccinating three quarters of their population against the disease gave the  following chart:

Nation Doses given (million) Population Coverage (%) Vaccination Rate (doses per day) Estimated time needed to achieve herd immunity from May
Israel 10.6 58.4 4,595 22 months
UK 61.4 46 5,801,439 2 months
USA 288 44.9 1,750,524 4 months
Singapore 3.41 29.9 38,534 4 months
Germany 45.4 27.3 679,567 4 months
France 34 26.2 520,616 4 months
China 527 18.8 15,037,429 3 months
Brazil 64 15.2 663,323 12 months
India 200 7.3 2,104,068 2.4 years
Malaysia 2.48 3.8 69,658 22 months
Thailand 3.02 2.2 97,617 2.8 years
Vietnam 1.03 0.5 3,655 >10 years

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#kerajaangagal56 – will all Malaysians who were vaccinated this year require a booster shot next year?

There is widespread scepticism and doubt that the Co-ordinating Minister for National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme would be able to fulfil his promise to complete the national vaccination rollout by this year, as after nearly three months of the national vaccination campaign, only 2.4 per cent of the population had been fully vaccinated while 3.9 per cent of the population had been given one dose of the vaccine.

We have seven months to go before the end of the year. Even if we speed up national vaccination rollout, is it possible to achieve the 60-70 per cent vaccination of the Malaysian population necessary to achieve the herd immunity for the Covid-19 virus? Read the rest of this entry »

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#kerajaangagal46 – Muhyiddin should require all his Ministers in his bloated Cabinet to see Muntoh Fong’s video to understand the people’s disappointment and anger at the government’s failure to care for the elderly in the Covid-19 pandemic

The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should require all his Ministers in his bloated Cabinet to see Muntoh Fong’s video to understand the people’s disappointment and anger at the government’s failure to care for the elderly in the Covid-19 pandemic.

I saw Muntoh Fong’s video and it is clear that there is no answer to his charges of government failure and irresponsibility in the National Vaccination Campaign.
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#kerajaangagal4 — the 18-rung fall of Malaysia in Reporters without borders (RSF) annual press freedom index 2021

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In my first #kerajaangagal daily statement on Sunday, I called on the Health Minister, Adham Baba, to stop his game of semantics and focus on checking the rise in the daily increase of Covid-19 cases and bring the third Covid-19 wave down to double-digit figures before the advent of the fourth Covid wave or resign!

Since then, the mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic has featured in every one of my #kerajaangagal daily statements. Read the rest of this entry »

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