DIN using C19 to his advantage!
NEW MCO – MORE POLITICALLY INCLINED
1) We listened to the PM speech at 600pm today and this writing will focus on the MCO affecting 6 states (Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan, Melaka, Johor, and Sabah). The decision to apply the MCO and the general outline mentioned by the PM seems to focus on controlling his political position. With a stroke of the pen, MP access to the palace is now restricted for at least another 2 weeks and UMNO would not be able to do its general assembly to table the agenda of continuing support for BERSATU/PN. This MCO though slated for 2 weeks is likely to last at least 4 weeks.
2) The speech painted a false gloomy picture of the situation in the hospitals and the PM did not explain the specific targets it intends to meet by the end of this MCO period. Based on KKM statistics today (11-1-21), the percentage against total cases (138,224) are as follows
New Cases 1.61%
*Admitted (ICU) 0.14%
Admitted (others) 20.92%
3) We have explained that based on Global Studies and Sg Buloh Own Studies, the low-risk cases (that essentially do not require hospitalization but isolation in low-risk centers) is very high and this is filling up the hospital beds. The estimated forecast shows only 578 cases require admission to the General Wards nationwide. The rest only needs low-risk isolation centers.
4) The cluttering in hospitals with mild cases is KKM folly and it is the root cause of the strain that faces the hospitals. This is simply mismanagement. The underlying root cause of the problems in hospitals can be managed without MCO. The PM has used the cases and the crowded issue to misrepresented and paint a false picture to the nation. Most people would believe him because they do not understand and will accept whatever “Abah” says.
5) We had hoped that the PM would announce proactive measures in addressing logistic issues in hospitals and make a clear announcement that KKM needs to work with the state governments and steps to enhanced community participation.
6) The active case online distribution map still eluded us as KKM wants to keep it private. Without such a map, “localized strategy” cannot be developed by states and community leaders. This does not reflect well with KKM and the government in their seriousness in managing C19. The government is also not addressing the marginalized people during the MCO. It appears the government does not know the situation on the ground and does not know what to do.
7) Despite the gloomy speech, the Prime Minister probably read Lim Kit Siang Blog (https://tinyurl.com/yyaojzsw) and considered the fate of students sitting for SPM. This and the fact that we can still go for morning walks in our residential area are important consolation points.
8) It appears that the government is not addressing medical issues directly. It is not taking the bull by the horn. It is using the C19 case issues to its advantage. At this stage, we cannot rule out that PM will not request for Emergency Law from the King as the political situation remains fluid. His lifeline has been extended for another few weeks.
9) At this juncture looking at overall issues in the country, our MP’s should focus on the rakyat and takes steps to form a temporary multiracial coalition for the sake of the people. Change the agenda on who should be PM and be people centric. Replace this government that was formed on a racial and religious extremism platform. A weak government and PM has no focus on anything else other than its own survival. For the sake of the nation and the people work together to move forward until the next GE.
REMEMBER, THE RAKYAT COMES FIRST
Dr. Mohamed Rafick