Covid-19: Govt has clear plan out of crisis

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today assured the people that the government has a clear plan to fight Covid-19 and resolve the adverse economic impact brought about by the pandemic.

During his televised address in conjunction with Labour Day, Muhyiddin explained that the plan covers six approaches, outlined to break the transmission chain of the virus, followed by measures to revitalise the economy.

For now, Muhyiddin said, Malaysia has implemented the first two approaches which saw the country succeeded in containing the virus through the enforcement of the MCO as well as building the nation's economic resilience with announcement of three economic stimulus packages.

"Alhamdulillah (Thanks to God), the first and second approaches have produced results.

"We are now entering the third approach to restart the economy by reopening most economic activities nationwide under controlled and careful manner," said Muhyiddin.

The fourth approach, he said, will see the government implementing economic recovery strategies within a new norm atmosphere after the life-changing crisis.

For the last two approaches, the focus will shift towards revitalising the economy for a sustainable future as well as implementing reforms on the economic structure to enable the nation and the people move forward with a new environment.

Earlier, Muhyiddin said the measures introduced by the government to date have helped contain the spread of the Covid-19.

"According to the Health Ministry, Malaysia has fulfilled all the six criteria fixed by the World Health Organisation in the fight against Covid-19," he said.

Muhyiddin was referring to the measures that have been implemented by Malaysia to break the transmission which included imposing stricter border control, implementation of the MCO, increasing the country's healthcare facilities and capabilities, protecting high risk groups such as senior citizen and people with different abilities from getting infected, as well as community empowerment.

Source: New Straits Times

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