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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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Muhyiddin should commission two reports for consideration by Cabinet next Wednesday — why Malaysia having one of the longest waves of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world and how to make the national Covid-19 vaccination rollout not only a success, but to accelerate and complete it by National Day-Malaysia Day period

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The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should commission two reports for consideration by the Cabinet next Wednesday — why Malaysia is  having one of the longest waves of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world and how to make the national Covid-19 vaccination rollout not only a success but to accelerate and complete it by National Day-Malaysia Day period.

Yesterday, it was reported that the new Covid-19 cases have risen to 1,576 cases from the previous day of 1,213 new Covid-19 cases — though it  was the 14th day the daily increase of new Covid-19 cases had fallen below 2,000 cases.

What were the causes which resulted in Malaysia having one of the longest waves of the Covid-19 epidemic in Malaysia – as the third  wave in Malaysia which started in September as a result of the super-spreader event of the Sabah state general election has not yet  been fully brought under control as to see the daily increase of new Covid-19 cases reduced to triple-digit  and even double-digit figures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia should embark on an ambitious plan to accelerate the National Covid-19 vaccination roll-out and complete it during the National Day-Malaysia Day celebrations so that Malaysia can begin to return to normality and work on economic recovery by the fourth quarter of the year

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I am disappointed that nothing has been done with regard to my suggestion two weeks ago that the National Covid-19 vaccination roll-out should be accelerated so that it could be completed very much earlier than the February 2022 schedule.

I would to reiterate my call for the country to embark on an ambitious plan to accelerate the National Covid-19 vaccination roll-out and complete it during the National Day-Malaysia Day celebrations from August 31st – September 16, 2021 so that Malaysia can begin to return to normality and work on economic recovery by the fourth quarter of the year.

Yesterday, the Health director-general Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said so far a total of 321,331 individuals have received their first vaccine dose under phase one of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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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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Malaysia likely to break the 200,000 Covid-19 cases mark at the end of January and be among the top 50 nations in cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before Chinese New Year

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The daily increase of 4,275 Covid-19 cases yesterday bringing Malaysia’s cumulative total to 180,455 Covid-19 cases and 667 fatalities shows that Malaysia’s serious upsurge is still ferocious and not under control.

If the trajectory of 4,000 daily increase continues, then Malaysia will break the 200,000-mark by the end of January 2021 and we will likely be ranked among the top 50 countries in the world with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia must go on a war footing in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic – not against any Malaysian or group but against the coronavirus as the country is heading towards a Covid catastrophe

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Malaysia must go on a war footing in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic, not against any Malaysian or group but against the coronavirus as the country is heading towards a Covid catastrophe for three reasons:

Firstly, the surge of coronavirus cases is not being controlled, as the increase of 3,631 new cases yesterday was the ninth day the daily increase of Covid-19 cases exceeded the 3,000-mark (crossing the 4,000-mark for two days in Jan 16 and 20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Integration of public and private hospitals next week most welcome as a first step towards an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic

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I welcome the announcement of the Health Director-General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah that the Health Ministry aims to begin integrating public and private hospitals to treat serious cases of Covid-19 by next week, as it is the first step towards an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic which we should have adopted some ten months ago.

Now that we have started on this process to ensure that we can emerge on top in the war against the Covid-19 epidemic, Malaysia must widen the scope and magnitude of this process to include key players in the private sector – the political parties, the NGOs and the civil society, the SMEs, the corporate sector and even the investors – as well as the immediate convening of a Special Parliament on the Covid-19 pandemic to provide a platform for such a strategy and approach. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why has Malaysia become the worst performer Asia in the last two months in the Covid-19 Pandemic — even worse than India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Japan, China and South Korea?

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Why has Malaysia become the worst performer in Asia in the last two months in the Covid-19 Pandemic — even worse than India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Japan, China and South Korea?

On November 18, 2020, we were ranked No. 85 among countries in the world with the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases, having 49,730 Covid-19 cases, but yesterday, we have jumped 25 places to be ranked No. 60 with 165,371 Covid-19 cases and 619 fatalities.

No other Asian country have recorded such a 25-rank jump in the last two months as shown by the following table: Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia has been the worst performer in the Covid-19 pandemic on the world stage, jumping 22 rankings among countries with most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases from No. 83 to No. 61 since December 1 – even worse than US, Brazil, UK, France, Turkey, Italy and Spain

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On 1st December, 2020, I asked: “Will Malaysia overtake China with more cumulative total of Covid-19 cases before or after the end of the present Parliament meeting?”

Unfortunately, Malaysia overtook China before the end of the Parliament meeting on December 16, 2020, with Malaysia positioned as No. 79 with 87,913 cases while China was ranked No. 80 with 86,770 cases (worldometers.info), when China with 1.4 billion population has 40 times the population of Malaysia.

On December 1, Malaysia was ranked No. 83 in the world with 65,697 Covid-19 cases but we have deteriorated by leaps and bounds and today, we are ranked No. 61 with 158,434 Covid-19 cases and 601 fatalities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why has the Muhyiddin Government wasted 10 months in devising an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” strategy and approach in the war against Covid-19 pandemic and why such a strategy has still not been formulated?

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Despite the four following developments, viz:

– Announcement of the imposition of movement control order (MCO.2) on eight states and territories on 11th January;

– Proclamation of Emergency on 12th January;

– Malaysia overtaking China and Myanmar and now ranked No. 65 among countries in the world with most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases; and Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia will overtake Philippines at the end of May and be the second nation in ASEAN after Indonesia in having the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases if we go by the Health Ministry’s projections

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The Ministry of Health has answered my question as to whether Malaysia will overtake Philippines and become the second country in ASEAN after Indonesia in having the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases.

Yesterday, the Health Ministry Director-General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah posted two charts on Twitter which simulated possible scenarios for the country if it failed to bring down the Covid-19 infectivity rate or R-naught (RO). Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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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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