By S. Harrish
AS daily Covid-19 cases in Malaysia remain at five figures over the past week, the government seems unable to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Sarawak DAP’s Michael Kong said Perikatan Nasional politicians seemed to be only interested in politicking and maintaining power.
He claimed there were useless ministers and deputies sitting in important ministries that could play a big role in stemming infections.
“These are important portfolios that can help in implementing a proper lockdown, getting people vaccinated at a greater pace and also at the same time avoid physical class attendance,” he said in a statement today.
In Sarawak, he said the GPS politicians also seemed clueless on what to do.
“With the cases still being high, they seem to trivialise the current pandemic by gearing up for state elections this year.
“This will be disastrous to our healthcare system which is already down on its knees.”
Kong, who is also Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen’s special assistant, said it was regrettable that until now, there don’t seem to be strong willpower to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I strongly urge the GPS government to buck up and get tough in this fight against Covid-19.
“At the same time, GPS should speak to their partners within the PN government so that more can be done for the people of Malaysia.”
He said the people needed strong-willed leadership that is sincere in fighting Covid-19 and not one that only looks at fighting its political opponents.
Kong said many people were suffering from mental stress and depression due to the constant lockdowns and economic uncertainty.
“To a point that they end up committing suicide.”
He said that in the first five months of this year, the police has recorded a total of 468 suicides compared to 631 in 2020 and 609 in 2019.
Studies have shown that the three main causes are family problems, emotional pressure and finances, he said.
“Who can fault these people? The government they rely upon have failed them big time. The leaders they expect to pick up the baton cannot seem to get anything done right,” he added.