New cabinet should meet daily to help Malaysians overcome COVID-19 crisis: MP Kit Siang

Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang on Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Muhyiddin should make daily live telecast – or even twice a day – of latest development of the #COVID19 crisis until March 31

The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should make daily live telecast – or even twice a day – of latest development of the Covid 19 crisis until March 31.

Muhyiddin’s second live telecast last night on the Covid 19 crisis should have been made by Tuesday midday to show that the government was on top of the crisis and not closing the stable door after the horses have bolted.

His live telecast would have been more effective if had owned up to the government’s mishandling of the crisis, which led to chaos and panic among the people particularly on Tuesday, resulting in massive crowds and panic buying in supermarkets all over the country, long queues in police stations and the double U-turns on permission needed for interstate travel, the shutting down of university hostels which forced students to return home, the lack of protection for low-income workers, no arrangement on children for frontliners and the lack of bilateral coordination for Malaysians working in Singapore.

Australia has declared a “human biosecurity emergency” and Australians are advised to abandon all overseas travel because of the coronavirus pandemic which could last at least six months while another country is preparing its citizens to face the Covid-19 crisis and its economic fallout for at least a year.

Malaysia should not have lost the ‘containment’ war in the Covid 19 crisis, but we must win the ‘mitigation’ war, which is why this is not the time for fault-finding, as all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region, politics or socio-economic background, must unite as one people to overcome the Covid 19 crisis.

All Cabinet Ministers must regard the Covid 19 crisis as their top priority, and every Minister should focus on what can be done by his or her Ministry every day to help Malaysians win the war against Covid 19.

For this reason, the Cabinet should hold daily meetings until the war against Covid 19 is won, and Malaysians should be informed through live telecasts the daily development in the war against Covid 19.

#KitaJagaKita

LIM KIT SIANG


民主行动党依斯干达公主城国会议员林吉祥于2020年3月19日(星期四)发布的媒体文告:

首相慕尤丁应该就新冠病毒危机的最新演变,每天做一次甚至两次的直播,直至3月31日

慕尤丁昨晚就新冠病毒危机所做的第二次直播应该在星期二中午之前播出,以显示政府站在危机中的前线,而不是及溺呼船,为时已晚。

如果他在直播中承认政府对危机处理不当将更为有效。政府的处理不当,导致了人们的混乱和恐慌,尤其是在星期二,导致全国各地超级市场出现大量人群和恐慌的采购;警察局排长龙,跨州移动所需的许可证两次U转;大学宿舍被关闭,迫使学生返回家园;低收入工人缺乏保障;没有为前线人员的子女做任何安排;缺乏为在新加坡工作的马来西亚人做双边协调。

澳洲已宣布进入“人类生物安全紧急情况”,建议澳洲人取消所有海外旅行,因为新冠病毒大流行可能会持续至少6个月,而其他国家正在协助公民应对新冠病毒危机及它所带来的至少一年的经济影响。

马来西亚本来不应该在新冠病毒危机中输掉“抑制”的战争,但是我们如今必须赢得“缓解”的战争。这就是为什么现在不是责难的时候,因为所有马来西亚人,不分种族、宗教、地区、政治或社会经济背景,都必须团结一致,战胜新冠病毒危机。

所有内阁部长都必须将新冠病毒危机视为头等大事,每位部长都应着重于自己的部门每天可以做些什么,以帮助马来西亚人民赢得与新冠病毒的战争。

因此,内阁应举行每日会议,直到与新冠病毒的战争获胜为止。与此同时,马来西亚人民也应该能够通过直播了解与新冠病毒交战的每日进展。

林吉祥