By Chew Lip Song
THE Perikatan Nasional and Gabungan Parti Sarawak should take the blame for the spike in Covid-19 cases, which saw total infections breaching the 200,000-mark yesterday, a DAP leader said.
Michael Kong, the special assistant to the state DAP chairman said the “inefficiency and lacklustre attitude” of PN and GPS leaders was the main reason cases in Malaysia appear to spiral out of control.
He added that while the Sabah polls last year had caused the third wave of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia, countries like New Zealand and Singapore were able to hold elections without seeing spike in Covid-19 cases.
“The key difference is the will power and determination by the respective leaders to combat Covid-19.
“While the leaders in Singapore and New Zealand took the bull by its horns and enforced strict restrictions, our leaders came up with half-baked efforts.
“Instead of leading by example, we see our leaders constantly flouting the Standard Operating Procedures,” Kong said in a statement today.
He added that even PN and GPS leaders had lost confidence in their own efforts to combat Covid-19, otherwise an Emergency would not have been declared.
Kong also criticised Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and his two deputies, Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang for failing to provide leadership in containing the spread of Covid-19.
“Instead, everything is left for the Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to lead and take responsibility,” he added.
Kong added that Malaysians yearn for the “normalcy” experienced by people in Singapore and New Zealand now and urged PN and GPS leaders to do some “self reflection and wisen up”.