Govt told to include opposition politicians in NSC to fight Covid-19

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin

By S. Harrish

THE government should include opposition leaders to sit in the National Security Council as the country needs a united front to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should listen, engage and work with all Malaysians to ensure the success of MCO 3.0.

“MCO 3.0 could be the final one for Malaysia if the Perikatan Nasional-led (PN) government admits its failures, restores Parliament, stops Covid-19 SOP and policy U-turns, and ends double standards in enforcement,” he said in a statement today.

He said the government had shot itself in the foot when Muhyiddin promised in March that there would be no more nationwide MCOs, only to implement one less than two months later.

“The case of double standards in enforcement also exacerbated the public’s trust deficit.”

He also said Muhyiddin was expected to announce financial measures to assist Malaysians affected by MCO 3.0.

Lim added that in order to move the country’s economy out of recession, the government’s financial focus should shift from controlling debt levels and fiscal deficits to borrowing more money to save jobs, businesses and economic livelihoods.

“Will Muhyiddin finally deliver on his promise to extend the bank loan moratorium automatically (except for the Top 20) and increase monthly welfare payments to RM1,000, including to the unemployed?” he asked.