ON the Covid-19 entrance, the information isn’t good. In reality, it’s dismal. It appears to be like like we’re not going to see the top of this pandemic anytime quickly. As such, we should now brace ourselves and be ready for the lengthy haul. Allow us to every ask ourselves, “What can we do to maintain ourselves wholesome and secure?”
The reply to that query is straightforward: Comply with all SOPs, i.e, put on masks, wash arms steadily, practise bodily distancing and keep away from crowded locations.
These are measures which might be inside the scope of each citizen and each resident. The prices to ourselves in following these steps are nothing in contrast with the prices of not following them. In reality, the choice is unthinkable. So let’s all collectively resolve to resolve this drawback.
At a time like this, it’s heartening to listen to the King attraction to politicians to not plunge the nation into one other spherical of political uncertainty.
Earlier this yr, when the nation confronted a political disaster with the resignation of the then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, there was a management vacuum and the King acted rapidly to return to an answer.
Now the nation is going through one other disaster, and the King has proven that he’s involved for the rakyat. He has put the rakyat first and politics on the back-burner. And rightly so.
Equally, political events on either side of the divide should think about the plight of the individuals first. Jostling for energy should take a again seat at this second in time. There must be a correct time for every part, and there’s a correct time for politics in a parliamentary democracy.
Wanting on the worsening well being disaster, the individuals’s wants and the economic system ought to take precedence and priority over every part else. For the time being, allow us to focus our consideration and efforts on supporting the Well being Ministry in flattening the Covid-19 an infection curve. Let Well being Ministry workers stick with it and deal with the burgeoning pandemic drawback with out distractions.
The individuals have sure expectations of their elected representatives. The individuals ought to now persuade their Members of Parliament to place politicking on maintain and expend all energies on getting them out of this disaster by fixing the economic system whereas tackling the pandemic on the similar time.
There isn’t a time to lose. And no vitality to spare.
Let’s put apart politics in the interim. That is the precise time to face behind King and nation to beat the nation’s disaster. So let’s put our ambitions on maintain until we overcome the pandemic.
In any case, isn’t politics about discovering one of the best options to the individuals’s issues? So let’s put our variations apart and focus on our commonalities.
And proper now, the commonality is the necessity to rid ourselves of Covid-19. For every part else, let’s wait until the following basic election.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE
Chairman, Alliance For a Secure Group