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Will PN be able to stop Malaysia from reaching 10K Covid-19 deaths?

Let’s face it, the statistics are not looking good for Malaysia.

In the month of June alone, Malaysia exceeded 2,300 Covid-19 deaths.

Malaysia is now officially in the 60 countries with the highest number of deaths in the world with our total of 5,170 Covid-19 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Is the PN government doing anything to pull the brakes on their incompetence before we reach 10,000 deaths from this pandemic?

Malaysian new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, left, speaks next to Senior Minister Azmin Ali during a press conference after the first cabinet meeting at prime minister’s office in Putrajaya, Malaysia Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Yassin said he will form an economic council to find ways to cope with an expected economic slowdown amid the global new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

It’s hard to imagine that they will, we have yet to see PN ministers actually hold themselves responsible and admit to the many, many mistakes that were made under their leadership. If they don’t own up to their mistakes, how can they improve and navigate this pandemic?

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin (pictured) has even attributed Malaysia’s slow Covid-19 vaccination rate to insufficient supply caused by rich countries hoarding vaccine doses.

While there may be some truth to this, there has also been new revelations that the EU had approved the export of more than five million doses of vaccines to help Malaysia. What happened to those vaccines?

And if there has been a low supply of vaccines being delivered to Malaysia, does that not also indicate poor negotiation skills on behalf of PN?

If the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) is suffering due to the slow administration of vaccines, who exactly is at fault? If there are problems with the appointment bookings made through the MySejahtera app, who is at fault? If our Covid-19 SOPs are not backed up by science, who is at fault? If trust in the government has corroded due to the double standards displayed by PN, who is at fault?

How are we to move forward and fix this very real crisis if PN wants to consistently push the narrative that the Covid-19 health crisis, economic and political crisis that has taken over Malaysia has nothing to do with the leaders in charge?

There was an average of four suicide cases every day for the first three months of the year.

The high death toll is just one of the many measures of how PN has failed during the pandemic. We have yet to even get into the economic devastation that has led to the high suicide rate in the country or the policy flip-flops between Ministries which has been disastrous to small businesses.

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has questioned the government’s efforts to deal with Malaysia’s high suicide rate during pandemic.

“Is there a special programme by the Ministry of Community Development to deal with the rise of depression and suicides, especially with the  shocking revelation of an average of four suicide cases every day for the first three months of the year?” Lim Kit Siang asked in a recent statement.

When we see the state of the country today, it is almost impossible to believe that we were once lauded for our Covid-19 containment efforts.

Their intense refusal to use a “whole of government approach” in dealing with the pandemic has led to the country falling behind in so many ways.

Malaysia has had a sharp decline in the “2021 Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking” going from 16th place to the 51st place in a mere 5 months. Malaysia’s plunge was attributed to a new key element called “Reopening Progress”, which simply means the country isn’t anywhere close reopening the economy and moving beyond the disaster of the pandemic.

It is difficult to reopen the economy when PN has failed to rely on science and data and have not organized a well defined Find-Test-Trace-Isolate-Support (FTTIS) strategy as recommended by World Health Organisation.

It is difficult to reopen the economy when PN has failed to even reopen Parliament despite all MPs being vaccinated.

PN doesn’t need to look far if they are looking for the reason the country is in the dire state that it is.

The question then remains, how long will PN play the blame game instead of bucking up and doing what is necessary to fight this pandemic?

Will they start taking things seriously when we have reached 10,000 deaths? 20,000 deaths? 50,00 deaths?

At the rate our cases are increasing, combined with the slowness of the vaccine rollout, don’t be surprised if the above scenario happens faster than any one of us has anticipated.

The Rocket

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