Khairy likely to fail in one of his Hundred Day Tests as Health Minister – keeping the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases below 2.5 million cases

The new Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, seems likely to fail in one of the his Hundred Day Tests on Dec. 7, 2021, i.e. keeping the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases below 2.5 million cases.

At the present rate of infection, we are likely to pass the 2.5 million-mark for cumulative total of Covid-19 cases by the end of this month.
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Ismail Sabri is not taking sufficient seriousness about the high Covid-19 death rate which has to date killed 138 times more people than during the May 13 racial riots of 1969

The Prime Minister Ismail Sabri is not taking sufficient seriousness about the high Covid-19 death rate which has to date killed 138 times more people than during the May 13 racial riots of 1969.

The National Operations Council (NOC) reported that the 196 people died in the May 13 riots in 1969, comprising 143 Chinese, 25 Malays, 13 Indians and 15 others. Read the rest of this entry »

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PM Ismail Sabri should reply to the devastating indictment of the 12th Malaysia Plan by Ramesh Chander and Lim Teck Ghee, two Malaysians who had distinguished themselves in their services with World Bank, when winding-up the parliamentary debate on the 12th Malaysia Plan on Thursday

(Versi BM)

Two Malaysians, Ramesh Chander and Lim Teck Ghee, who had distinguished themselves in their services with the World Bank, have jointly made a devastating indictment of the 12th Malaysia Plan describing it as “Three Steps Backwards”.

Ramesh was formerly Chief Statistician of Malaysia while Teck Ghee was formerly senior official of the United Nations and the World Bank.

They believed that the 12th Malaysia Plan, if implemented as currently presented, is likely to be a “self-inflicted wound” that will “adversely alter the trajectory of the country’s socio-economic growth and heighten the likelihood of Malaysia becoming further entrapped as a middle income economy, with a clear risk of going backwards in Malaysia’s development and prosperity”.
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12th Malaysia Plan: Three Backward Steps

Press Release by Ramesh Chander and Lim Teck Ghee *

The 12th Malaysia Five Year Plan tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by the Prime Minister is replete with claims of its policies and programs being “game changers”, “catalysts for….”, “enablers” ,etc However, our scrutiny of the document together with the speech by Dato Seri Ismail Sabri, leaves us deeply disappointed as we fail to discern specific policies that qualify that description.

We call the attention of the Government, policy makers and other stake players and holders to the following 3 key longstanding stalled issues that necessitate rethinking and an entirely different set of policy initiatives if the Plan is to meet its goals of a high income country with inclusive and sustainable growth. Our concerns are echoed in part by the Leader of the Opposition, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and a host of other respected commentators.

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Light at the end of the tunnel of the over-a-year Covid-19 pandemic getting brighter with 8,075 daily new Covid-19 cases yesterday and 76 (including 15 BID) Covid-19 deaths

(Versi BM)

The light at the end of the tunnel of the over-a-year Covid-19 pandemic is getting brighter with 8,075 daily new Covid-19 cases yesterday with 76 (including 15 Brought-in-Dead) Covid-19 deaths, although Indonesia reduced its daily new Covid-19 cases to double-digit figures yesterday.

We have had the longest Covid-19 wave in the world since the Sabah state general election last September. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ismail Sabri should realise how fragile is the “Keluarga Malaysia” edifice of his premiership when two incidents could threaten to demolish it yesterday

(Versi BM)

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri should realise how fragile is the “Keluarga Malaysia” edifice of his premiership when two incidents could threaten to demolish it yesterday: firstly, the racist remark by a Bersatu leader against national women’s singles player S. Kisona, using a racially derogatory “K” term; and secondly, when a preacher Ustaz Syakir Nasoha was seen in a viral video making disparaging racial comments about non-Muslim religions and the Dayak community.

If the Rukun Negara principles of nation-building for a united multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural Malaysia had been fully promoted among Malaysians in the past half a century, such disparaging remarks would not have occurred. Read the rest of this entry »

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The best news in Covid-19 pandemic in nearly three months and Khairy’s Hundred Day Challenge

(Versi BM)

We are now again seeing light at the end of the tunnel in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday’s 9,066 daily new Covid-19 cases is the best news in the Covid-19 pandemic in nearly three months since July 8 when Malaysia had 8,868 daily new Covid-19 cases.
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Ismail Sabri should spell out the economic and social reforms he expects to be achieved in the first Hundred Days of his Keluarga Malaysia administration

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri should realise that more important than the 100-day ‘report cards’ of his jumbo-sized Cabinet Ministers (31 Minister and 38 Deputy Ministers) is his own 100-day report card as the ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia.

In his special interview with senior editors, Ismail said that views via social media of ministers’ performance in their first 100 days on the job will be used to tally their overall achievement score. Read the rest of this entry »

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Khairy should convene a national conference on Covid-19 pandemic involving public and private health sectors and health NGOs and NGIs on how to bring daily new Covid-19 cases down to double-digit numbers and daily Covid-19 deaths to single-digit numbers

Yesterday, Malaysia recorded 10,915 daily new Covid-19 cases, lowest in 76 days since July 18.

Daily Covid-19 deaths were 109 deaths including 33 Brought-in-Dead (BID) cases – lowest daily Covid-19 death count in 69 days since July 25, while the BID numbers were the lowest in 41 days since August 9. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to make the 12th Malaysia Plan a truly game-changer

In the last 50 years since 1970, when Malaysia’s Second Malaysia Plan and the New Economic Policy were launched, Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased 90 times from US$3,737bil in 1970 to US$338,286bil in 2020.

But Malaysia’s GDP has been overtaken by Singapore and Vietnam and continued to be behind Hong Kong.
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Painful to track Malaysia’s poor performance in ASEAN in Covid-19 pandemic particularly in losing out to Indonesia in both daily Covid-19 caseload and daily Covid-19 deaths in the past month

It is painful to track Malaysia’s poor performance in ASEAN in Covid-19 pandemic particularly in losing out to Indonesia, a nation with eight times the population of Malaysia, in both daily Covid-19 caseload and daily Covid-19 deaths in the past month.

For the last 18 days, Malaysia had been losing out to Indonesia in both categories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Khairy ended his first full month as Health Minister beating the world’s top 18 countries having the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in “Cases in the last 7 days/1 million population” and all the world’s top 19 countries in “Deaths in the last 7 days/1 million population”

(Versi BM)

Khairy Jamaluddin ended his first full month as Health Minister the beating the world’s top 18 countries having the most cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in “Cases the last 7 days/1 million population” and all the world’s top 19 countries in “Deaths in the last 7 days/1 million population” (as Malaysia is ranked world’s No. 20) as illustrated by the following:

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Can the 12th Malaysia Plan really be a Game-Changer?

Ngeh Khoo Ham, the Member of Parliament for Bruas who was Perak DAP Chairman and former Perak State Assembly Speaker, turned 60 years old today.

He said in WhatsApp together with an old photograph of DAP leaders campaigning on the “No to 911, Also No to 929” issue twenty years ago on a pick-up truck showing among others Ngeh, Fong Po Puan (then MP for Batu Gajah), Nga Kor Ming (then State Assemblymnan for Pantai Remis and later former Deputy Speaker and MP for Teluk Intan) and myself:
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September 2021 is Malaysia’s deadliest month in Covid-19 pandemic with nearly 10,000 deaths – Khairy should not delay any longer and should explain Malaysia’s horrible Covid-19 death situation and what is being done to slow it down

(Versi BM)

September 2021 has proved to be Malaysia’s deadliest month in the Covid-19 pandemic with close to 10,000 deaths.

The Health Minister for a month, Khairy Jamaluddin, should not delay any longer and should explain Malaysia’s horrible Covid-19 death situation.
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Can Malaysia rise up like Ireland to the top of the Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking (September 2021) when Ireland was in January ranked No. 39 among the 53 biggest economies

(Versi BM)

In the September 2021 Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking released yesterday, Ireland tops the world and the rest of the Top Ten nations are Spain, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, UAE, France, Switzerland., Canada and Norway.

Ireland was in January 2021 ranked No. 39 with the world’s worst rate of infection, with its daily new Covid-19 caseload shooting up from three-digit numbers at end of December to four-digit numbers, reaching a daily peak of 8,227 cases on January 8, 2021. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 12th Malaysia Plan – Prime Minister and former Prime Ministers

While the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri was stonily reading from the tele-prompter his 12th Malaysia Plan speech to launch the 12th Malaysia Plan in Parliament yesterday, I cannot but look at two former Prime Ministers, one who had presented two five-year Malaysia Plans in Parliament and one who must have thought he should be at the lectern delivering the 12th Malaysia Plan speech if not for the sabotage by his erstwhile political comrades just over a month ago.

They were seated on the same row, although one place apart – but they had no contact or interaction with each other and for both, the other former Prime Minister could be as far away as in a foreign land. Read the rest of this entry »

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With daily new Covid-19 cases down to 10,959 cases, the next targets are to descend to four-digit numbers and to go lower than the 4,000 cases Malaysia was supposed to be in three months ago

(Versi BM)

The daily new Covid-19 cases was down to 10,959 cases yesterday – the lowest for two-and-a-half months since 13th July 2021.

This is the best news for Khairy Jamaluddin since he was sworn in as the new Health Minister on August 30, as before July 13, the daily new Covid-19 cases were in four-digit numbers.
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DAP Branches should organise zoom or hybrid-zoom meetings to explain the confidence-supply-reform (CSR) memorandum of understanding (MOU) to the Malaysian public

(Versi BM)

It is two weeks after the signing of the confidence-supply-reform (CSR) memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri and the Pakatan Harapan leaders, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng, Mohamad Sabu and Wilfred Madius Tangau but many people still believe that the CSR MOU was a betrayal of the principles and objectives by the Opposition leaders or that it was a “trap” by Ismail Sabri.

DAP branches should organise zoom or hybrid-zoom meetings to explain the CSR MOU so that the Malaysian public will know that that there is no basis for the belief that the MOU was a betrayal by the Opposition leaders of their principles and objectives or that it was a “trap” by Ismail Sabri. Read the rest of this entry »

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Again Congrats to Khairy for the 13,104 Covid-19 cases yesterday, hoping it will lead to less than 10,000 daily new Covid-19 cases from October 1 and four-digit daily new Covid-19 cases by 2022 Budget Day on Oct. 29

(Versi BM)

Again congrats to Khairy Jamaluddin for the 13,104 Covid-19 cases yesterday, hoping it will lead to less than 10,000 daily new Covid-19 cases from October 1 and four-digit daily new Covid-19 cases by 2022 Budget Day on Oct. 29, 2021.

As I congratulated Khairy last Friday when Malaysia for the first time in two months fell below the 14,000 daily new Covid-19 cases last Thursday, I said the Health Minster’s “next hurdle” was to bring down daily new Covid-19 cases to below 4,000 cases as it was announced by the former Prime Minister on 15th June as one of the three thresholds for transiting from Phase One of the National Recovery Plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Malaysia ready for opening up to “live with Covid”?

I have been receiving expert advice on the Covid-19 pandemic by medical specialists.

The following is one of the expert advice which I have received on the latest Covid-19 pandemic and posing the question whether Malaysia is ready for opening up to “live with Covid”.
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