PETALING JAYA: In spite of their distinctions, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ( pix) has some good things to state about the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration when it pertains to the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The former premier stated he was particularly pleased that the government had chosen to leave politicians out of the spotlight, and instead let true experts “run the show”.
” I’m very thankful to see that this federal government has allowed specialists to fight the Covid-19 infection,” he said in a live YouTube session with Creative Cloud Neighborhood today.
” Had it been politicians, we would have been in severe trouble. Simply look at how (United States President) Donald Trump is managing the circumstance. Thousands have died.
” I believe this is a time when politicians should take the advice of experts or simply let them manage it.”
While Mahathir did not discuss any names, health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has actually been commonly mentioned for his handling of the present crisis.
He has even been identified by a Chinese TV station– China Global TELEVISION Network– to be amongst the world’s 3 leading physicians in the battle to curb the spread of the virus.
Apart from Noor Hisham, various government firms on the frontline such as cops, military and health practitioners have also been actively involved in the fight.
These firms are also meeting daily to offer updates to the federal government.
In reality, Senior citizen Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob appears to be the only politician who has been routinely included in the media, interacting with the general public on the latest updates.
Even Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has actually only made periodic appearances “live” on television to resolve Malaysians on unique occasions or if there are any major updates on the movement control order (MCO).
Mahathir said the government also succeeded to impose the MCO at an early phase, which he stated was very vital to keep numbers down.
On how the government could further assist individuals, he stated it might supply vouchers to acquire everyday necessities.
” A few of us are able to buy products, but others can’t because they are jobless. So the government can offer vouchers, instead of money which can be abused by some individuals to buy drugs and cigarettes.”
Mahathir included, this in turn, would help promote the marketplace and keep smaller organisations afloat, as there would be capital.