Govt appreciates criticisms on its handling of pandemic, says Mustapa

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

THE government appreciates public criticisms of its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the power to ultimately curb it rests with all individuals.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economic Affairs) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (picture) said everyone must ask themselves whether they had been complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and done all they could to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Mustapa said now is not the time to score political points or indulge in the game of one-upmanship because the country’s survival and future are at stake.

“Let us be objective and rational in criticising the government. The anger is understandable, but we must focus on solutions and the future,” he said.

Mustapa referred to the government’s announcement last Friday to tighten up the SOPs of the Movement Control Order, while allowing most economic activities to continue relatively unabated, describing it as a tough decision to make.

Giving an insight into the decision-making process, he pointed out that the National Security Council has been inclusive in its deliberations — which involved key ministers, government officials and heads of state governments — and consultations with the private sector.

He said at this point in the nation’s history, good, constructive and fresh ideas are needed, not just endless criticism.

Mustapa disclosed that the government is working to address vaccine hesitancy and problems with access, while incidents like 10,000 people in Kelantan not showing up for their appointments for whatever reasons, should not recur.

He also made this appeal: “Please register to get vaccinated and ensure that you turn up when you are called. The vaccination programme is our ticket back to normality and recovery. The quicker we vaccinate all Malaysians, the faster we can stabilise the economy”.