National Recovery Plan lacks substance – Dr Yii

By S. Harrish

THE National Recovery Plan has been described as lacking in substance and strategy, and will not inspire confidence in the people.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the plan failed to show a way forward for businesses and the public post-Covid-19.

“This shows that the government has little or no plans for a proper exit strategy when it comes to properly transitioning out of this MCO.”

He said that for the past year, businesses and the public have been crying out for leadership and direction to steer them through the pandemic.

“Not only was this recovery plan announced so late, but it offers little substance and support for many businesses that are struggling, and some may not even survive until Phase 4.”

Dr Yii said there was a clear lack of plans to address the losses incurred by shutting down economic sectors that were not considered essential over the past 15 months including those in the entertainment business, reflexology centres or even businesses involving social gatherings.

“The government needs to step in as businesses were failing and people losing their jobs.”

He said one of his concerns was the government’s decision to use absolute cases as a barometer as this was very dependent on testing.

For Covid-19 cases to be used as a reliable parameter, the positive rate must constantly remain below 5% as per World Health Organisation recommendation.

“We need to ensure that the daily numbers are adjusted to the total daily tests done, only then it is a more significant parameter. This is clear science, not purely based on absolute cases.”

The DAP parliamentarian said it was also regrettable that the Perikatan Nasional was not considering reopening Parliament as an essential service despite all MPs being vaccinated.”

Dr Yii said one of the main solution to the current problems was to restore parliamentary democracy so that all MPs can play their part by contributing suggestions and ideas while providing proper check and balance.