We are all in this together, and only together we can win – PM
- February 4, 2021
- Karim El Arsh
PUTRAJAYA, February 4, During a special press conference earlier today, our Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that additional SOPs will be implemented during the extension of MCO 2.0.
The implementation of the new SOPs is to ensure that the pandemic can be contained during this period, as those who celebrate Chinese New Year will be likely to travel around to visit their relatives for gatherings and celebrations.
He mentioned that the government is trying to find a balance between lives and livelihood.
He also urged all parties to obey the SOPs in order to allow the economic sector to continue operating while containing the pandemic.
Prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also explained that the reason why a state of emergency was declared is to allow the government to manage the pandemic more effectively.
In order to curb the pandemic, workplaces should comply with the SOPs enforced. Any violation of the SOPs will not be tolerated by the authorities particularly in construction sites and factories.
Most of the COVID-19 clusters that emerged were detected from construction sites and factories, especially from dorms or workers. Therefore the authorities will carry out necessary, strict actions towards those who violate the SOPs.
The government also has to ensure that the healthcare system in Malaysia is able to function and cope during this pandemic period, especially with the high number of confirmed cases at this period, most healthcare facilities such as hospitals are reaching their breaking point. Therefore, the government is currently working with private healthcare sectors to ensure that the capacity of hospitals can continue to keep up with the high volume of confirmed cases.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also mentioned that the government had succeeded in securing vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, and it is estimated that 80% of the Malaysia population will be able to receive the vaccine free of charge at no cost.
The first phase of Covid-19 vaccination will be allocated to all frontliners. As for the second phase, it will be rolled out from April onwards and priority will be given to senior citizens especially those with high risk conditions. As for the third phase, it will begin in August, with the vaccination being available to the public.
The government has also assigned Dato Seri Khairy Jamaluddin as the Minister in charge of Malaysia’s vaccination program.
Lastly, Prime Minister reminds the Malaysian that the state of emergency will continues until the pandemic has been contained, as the objective of declaring state of emergency is to allow the goverment to manage the pandemic more effectively. He also advise Agong that the parliament will be dismissed and national election will be in place after the pandemic has been curbed.