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All political parties must come together and agree that a Warisan candidate will take Batu Sapi seat uncontested.

As a first step to an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” war against  the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic to save lives and livelihoods in Malaysia , let all Malaysians and political parties reach a national consensus that a Warisan candidate would take uncontested the parliamentary seat of Batu Sapi, vacated  by the death of former Minister  Liew Vui Keong.

The Election Commission has announced that nomination for the Batu Sapi by-election will be on Nov. 23rd and polling on Dec. 5.

This would  preserve the status quo in Parliament.

Let all Malaysians and political parties agree that a Warisan candidate will take Batu Sapi parliamentary seat uncontested as a first step in  an “all-of-government” and “whole-of society” war against the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic

The first decision of the special Cabinet meeting today must be  to launch an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” war against the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic by forging  parliamentary unity and solidarity against the Covid-19 pandemic and making it the foremost agenda in the 27-day budget  Parliament beginning on Nov. 2.

The basis for this “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” approach against the Covid-19 pandemic must be the five principles of Rukun Negara, viz: belief in God, loyalty to King and Country, Supremacy of the Constitution,  Rule of Law and Courtesy and Morality. Image Source: Bernama

The country must move forward and not go backwards to ensure that these five Rukun Negara principles inform every decision and step that is taken to fight  the war against the Covid-19 pandemic and flatten the curve of the third wave.

The second concern of the special Cabinet meeting today must be Sabah, how to  break the back of the problem of Sabah becoming an epicentre in  the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday’s 823 new Covid-19 cases provided a respite from the four-digit record of 1,228 cases  the previous day. Let us pray and hope that Malaysia only  breached once  the four-digit figure of daily increase of Covid-19 cases and that we see progress to  “flatten the curve” of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases is now 26,565 infections, causing  Malaysia to overtake South Korea from the 89th to 88th position  in the world’s ranking of nations with most Covid-19 infections.

We must not slip any further. In fact, there is no reason why we should not do better than Thailand  in the war against Covid-19 pandemic as Thailand has double our population. Thailand is now ranked No. 146 among nations with the most Covid-19 infections – with 3,736 Covid-19 cases and 59 fatalities as compared to Malaysia’s 26,565 cases and 229 fatalities.

Malaysians deserve better and we must do better in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lim Kit Siang

MP for Iskandar Puteri

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