New recovery plan soon, says Muhyiddin

NRP 2.0 will be formulated immediately in a comprehensive and inclusive manner involving input from all stakeholders

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

A NEW recovery plan is needed and would be drawn up involving all stakeholders from various fields, former Prime Minister (PM) and National Recovery Council (NRC) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) said.

He noted that the government’s exit plan from the Covid-19 pandemic has yielded good results when Malaysia transitioned into the Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) safely.

“The NRC meeting today is of the view that a new NRP for the country moving into the recovery phase and beyond is needed.

“Therefore, the NRP 2.0 will be formulated immediately in a comprehensive and inclusive manner involving input from all stakeholders including experts from various fields, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, ministries and industries in accordance to the whole of nation approach,” he said during the first meeting of the NRC for 2022 in Putrajaya yesterday.

Muhyiddin added that this was also agreed by the NRC during the meeting yesterday, whereby a team will be formed to prepare the next draft of the NRP where the economic and social sectors will be able to open in phases with specific schedules or milestones to be set.

He emphasised that this will help the NRC to formulate strategies and approaches to address any issues arising from Covid-19 in the future and the country will be able to recover as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said the Ministry of Health (MoH) is currently in the middle of implementing initiatives, including border controls with strict standard operating procedures, to address the spread of the Omicron variant in the country.

He noted that the matter was informed by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, who also explained the trend of the spread of the new variant during the meeting. Apart from Malaysia, Muhyiddin said, many other countries are also affected by the current Omicron outbreak.

“Therefore, strategies and ways to deal with it were also presented earlier. I do not need to explain it here, because there are initiatives being made based on cases that are seen to be contagious.

“Most importantly, our public healthcare system, which was under pressure during Covid-19, must have a way to recover and continue.”

In the meantime, Muhyiddin said Khairy also informed the NRC regarding the temporary postponement of the visit to perform umrah at this time, following several related issues that need to be addressed by the MoH.

Meanwhile, Muhyddin said the NRC requests the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to ensure that the assistance provided by the government to flood victims is simplified and the distribution process is expedited.

He said the NRC meeting also wants Nadma to make advance planning for flood disasters, which take place every year in the country, to ensure smooth post-flood recovery measures.

On a separate issue, Muhyiddin said that he did not choose Tan Sri Azam Baki to be appointed as the Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) commissioner.

“The appointment was endorsed by a committee, the chief secretary to the government (KSN) proposed the name, not me choosing, KSN proposed because he thought that he (Azam) was qualified.”

He also explained that Azam’s appointment had gone through the proper procedure for any position in the government.

“Yes, he was appointed during my time (PM) when there was a vacancy as a former commissioner had previously resigned, (so) there had to be a replacement.”