HAS THE WUHAN VIRUS ALIAS COVID-19 BROUGHT DOWN RACISM NARRATIVES IN SOME COUNTRIES ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST!

‘To survive this crisis, the world community will need a super heavy dose of international cooperation and leadership.

But at even date, there is no leadership at the global stage to align all efforts going forward!’

HAS THE WUHAN VIRUS ALIAS COVID-19 BROUGHT DOWN RACISM NARRATIVES IN SOME COUNTRIES ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST!

Perhaps, this would be the most controversial article I have EVER written on any subject to date!

But from where I am sitting, I am really glad that the Wuhan virus alias Covid-19 landed!

Months before the pandemic, almost daily we have Facebook narratives, what Sapp messages of a very serious theological discourses going on where certain communities and their religious orders and others as always stupid followers were getting in a rude, vulgar theological discourse on the greatness of their God, their priestly orders, that of their evangelists, down talking other Abrahamic faiths and those older.

And when the infection went wild claiming thousands of lives in Wuhan China – rude and vulgar jokes were made of the Chinese, their culture, way of life, eating habits and worst, that this was a direct and immediate curse and punishment from their God against the Chinese!

The religious arrogance shown just an unleashing of a racist mindset let loose.

Certain politicians, religious and community leaders joined in the chorus of that hate narrative.

The comment columns of certain vernacular online news media were the epicenter of such animosity and fascism!

But all that came collapsing, which includes the myth, that communities were untouchable, insulated to the Wuhan virus alias Covid-19!

Overnight, the body count of fatalities grew and inexplicably, those theologians, their politicians and proxies went super quiet!

Their earlier held mantra of infallibility, dogmas, it’s alright to have unhygienic eating habits, attire and theological beliefs and religious supremacy took a knocking!

Both their religious and political leaders even at this time of writing are incommunicado, below the radar perhaps afraid to admit how shallow, arrogant, racist and vulgar was the manner they treated those who shared not their faith!

They cannot understand neither comprehend the present infection nor its trend and continued journey of claiming lives without prejudice to one’s race, young or old, smart or stupid, one’s religious faith, status in society, be one a prince, prime minister, an Oscar winning Hollywood star or even a religious icon.

Welcome to the new world order!

It is clear whether you are a Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, believer, non-believer, and member of the deep state or terrorist – all are a fair game for the infamous Wuhan virus alias Covid-19!

For now the infection has caused chaos in countries rich, powerful and poor!

It has destroyed the world economies and predictions of growth.

It has called for and unleashed stimulus packages whatever that means eventually?

Interestingly the preferred policy response from the play book of every country threatened by COVID-19 seems to be a lockdown, or severely restricting movement (of people, goods and services) into and out of cities or countries.

Locally, debates have been polarized on the government’s transparency and capacity and on the panic buying of consumables, consumers’ priorities, hand sanitizers and other supplies.

We have yet to set up a task force of minds from the community from differing persuasions to think out of the box!

So far we have been less focused on the fundamental question: “How can the spread be stopped before it is too late?

And not surprising more than 100 governments have closed their borders to foreign visitors and/or imposed lengthy quarantines that have the same practical effect.

It is believed for now in view of the imponderables and gaps, this is undoubtedly the best way to slow down, contain and hopefully roll back the spread of the novel coronavirus within and between nations.

I have had my doubts after witnessing the gaps, that trial by error methods and plain incompetence.

I know that beating COVID-19 will require much more from countries than lockdowns, social distancing and travel bans.

The charging and handcuffing of a 60 year old cardiologist as if he was a deep state operative for out jogging in an empty park was an over-kill in one country!

While not arresting more than 5000 and their proxies from an epicenter of the spreading infection under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 raised perception of bias and abuse even in a lockdown and a pandemic!

Let me also tell you that even if China, South Korea and Japan the current leads in a war against the pandemic succeed in scaling back the virus, that does not mean much if the rest of the world catches it.

I never trusted the Chinese figures or their narrative – period!

In my book they can never be trusted!

As for the World Health Organization (WHO) on holiday when I was screaming in my articles to declare this a pandemic, it has now expressed serious concern over the “alarming level of inaction” in many countries.

How ironic and what hypocrisy!

The other features was that many countries were in denial; some responding slowly or inadequately, and many simply lack the resources, the expertise or the political commitment without fear nor favor to religious, racial or community taboos to beat the virus.

From my interactions with my friends who are part of a global team of professionals, I am advised that the peak of this pandemic is still nowhere in sight.

But there are good things too in this chaos, where an idiot who spoke about a plateau and drinking warm water to rid the infection is missing and good riddance!

In his absence, I find another more competent doing the heavy lifting!

I was wrong about him in the past, and did send over a well-wisher and my full support for his task at hand!

So likewise, let us all together as global partners align.

To survive this crisis, the world community will need a super heavy dose of international cooperation and leadership.

But at even date, there is no leadership at the global stage to align all efforts going forward!

We will all agree that despite today’s compelling need for it, we are still not seeing the intense international cooperation needed to solve the crisis at hand.

The irony is the initial epicenter of this pandemic is now busy cashing in on what the world needs after infecting them with a virus, from masks to incubators and other support items!

The question in everyone’s mind is, are we all alone – is every nation for itself as we face a very formidable virus who respects not race, religion, geographical borders, the rich, poor, the bright, the stupid and most importantly, even idiots!

This is despite the emerging threat blossoming into a pandemic within 11 weeks, and with so many unknowns.
We are really terrified.

We are terrified by the collapse of the healthcare systems in several first world countries, even emerging markets, followed by the potential human and economic consequences, and naturally affected countries tend to be directing most of their energy inward.

Sadly, despite a clear and present danger to all international cooperation has also been hampered by strategic rivalry, particularly between the United States and China, meaning suspicion and zero-sum thinking continue to guide policy perspectives and initiatives.

In such conditions, I expect nothing but that strategic rivals would be persuaded to temporarily shelve their competition; their petty prejudice, anger or plain arrogance but sadly,this does not seem to be the case, even in Malaysia.

But no one is explaining or care to share, how such narrow-minded nationalism, religious fanaticism, fascism and race supremacy, conspiracy theories, xenophobia and even Sino phobia will prevent communities and fatalities rising and resulting in all countries and their communities never being the same ever again, post this pandemic which goes by the name of Wuhan virus alias Covid-19!

For now we all risk losing our lives and livelihoods even after the outbreak is over.

May the Almighty help us all!

TIME FOR RESPONSIBLE COMPANIES TO DUMP THEIR ITCHY MOUTH REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE NO LOVE FOR WORKERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE!

‘I have received updates directly from workers from 9 states of the issues they are facing and it is shocking and sad!
And it is in this climate and environment; we have itchy mouths shooting off, putting vulnerable demography of workers and their families in harm’s way!’
TIME FOR RESPONSIBLE COMPANIES TO DUMP THEIR ITCHY MOUTH REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE NO LOVE FOR WORKERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE!
Every meeting that I have been invited by the government, Medical NGOs, stakeholders; I do cross swords with these unreasonable individuals obsessed with prioritizing profits for their members the Employers!
Where’s the responsible business ethics?
Where’s that giving back to the community?
Every measure where we talk about re-looking at improving the lot of the workers is met with sarcastic claims that the employers will be made bankrupt!
It can be on the basic issue of the minimal wage which for decades had created a ‘slave condition’ for Malaysian workers and even the now foreign workers leaving their countries to work in a foreign land amidst its many challenges, harassment, sordid living conditions and risks.
If I am not mistaken when we discussed re configuring the minimum wage on an upward trajectory one employer representative stated that if the minimum wage was upgraded 600,000 businesses will go bust simply because of the imposition of the minimum wage by the government?
But that never happened!
So much for that prophet of doom scenario and utterances!
Even when we had discussions to re-look at repacking the medical benefits with the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) and its over-all healthcare costs which embarrassingly have never being revised despite costs over-runs for decades because someone had their priorities all wrong!
They were living in illusion towers and being self-servers!
Personal and political interest overrode what was the right thing to do!
While another ‘short lived government’ – embarrassed themselves in trying to cluster this with the cost of living issue and went nowhere, despite two high-powered committees?
I should know as I was appointed by the Najib Administration as lead on the cost of living committee just before the GE14!
So I am again not shocked hearing the same argument, another frolic this time claiming without any evidence that employers will go bust if the position taken by dear friend and Defense Minister Ismail Sabri that all private sector employers must pay their workers’ salary during the weeks of the movement control order (MCO) as the nation is hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Defense Minister was right on cue!
Being a lawyer as well, he was addressing a social and moral responsibility of the employers!
Worst when pro-employer lobby uses the Employment Act for a political argument abandoning basic human sensitiveness towards those in a challenged position not of their doing!
Malaysian employers have had it extremely good in this country!
And it is about time that those employers these individuals are representing look beyond their self-interest and to follow the example of other responsible companies which had been working very well with their employees to do what is morally right!
You want names – I can give you names!
More so in the midst of a global pandemic which is hurting!
Are we aware that more than one-quarter of the world’s 7.8 billion people are now largely confined to their homes, as governments step up curbs on movement and social contact in a bid to contain the virus.
It is disturbing the body, mind and spirit that in many parts of the world, borders are closed, airports, hotels and businesses shut, and school cancelled.
And the result of these unprecedented measures the tearing at the social fabric of some societies and disrupting many economies, resulting in mass job losses and raising the spectra of widespread hunger.
Already Malaysian and our foreign workers are positioned in a tough spot!
I have received updates directly from workers from 9 states of the issues they are facing and it is shocking and sad!
And it is in this climate and environment; we have itchy mouths shooting off, putting vulnerable demography of workers and their families in harm’s way!
But at the same time, I want to thank the many MNC, TNC and local Employers who have personally called me up for discussions how to reach out and help holistically and to look at a plan of delivery so that the rights, interests and needs of all groups are mitigated!
To them I say – Terima Kasih!

BAN LIFT ON MALAYSIAN GLOVE MAKER A WELCOME MOVE SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.

‘As for me, I come with the knowledge, experience, the government relations and stakeholders trust to deliberate and manage all protocols therein end to end!

And at the time of writing, I am looking for a new adventure and available for long term assignment!’

BAN LIFT ON MALAYSIAN GLOVE MAKER A WELCOME MOVE SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.

During the to and fro of that massive manipulation of facts, and the covert information smear, I walked the phones and my deliberations with high powered policymakers across borders on the allegations.

I felt sad and sorry that so much damage was done with fake data and allegations that hurt not just a company but the very demography one had claimed to want to protect – the workers!

I had always appealed that data and information gathering was vital but so was the source it was collected from.

From experience and as an individual involved in the policy deliberations and planning and total execution of over a government approval of 7000 foreign workers on a ‘free visa free ticket’ alienating cartels, agencies, middlemen and women, power groups and political shadows in the corridor of power, I launched the very successful employment and migration of qualified workers from source countries to work in a very well respected MNC in Malaysia!

It was not without dangers and threats to my life and limb or a well-executed and financed attack on my integrity, dignity and decorum.

I survived it all, because the powers that be knew and fully supported my efforts though they feared for my safety!

My strongest strength was the very close friendship I had nurtured with the over 7000 workers.

The Malaysian government was delighted that we launched such a program the first of its kind, the MNC employer was fully visionary, committed and dedicated to the task at hand and despite challenges we pulled it off!

It was a challenge as we aligned to wean off outsourcing companies and other predators and rascals within and their tentacles of power and planned the air-lift of 7000 workers from Nepal and Vietnam which demanded we work with their respective governments, stakeholders, the airlines and security agencies!

It was done!

For me it was the most memorable task I was ever entrusted from end to end and to see those 7000 taking up jobs in a very respected company who valued and gifted their employees a near perfect employment and career.

So when the current controversy erupted my name was heighted to the various companies in Malaysia and the region who were having major issues advising them to offer me a consultancy to trouble shoot and address government relations issues therein.

But that call never came.

22 months later, I am indeed glad that the United States has lifted a ban on a Malaysian medical glove maker it had accused of using forced labor, a government statement showed, amid a surge in demand for personal protective equipment to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Whether this is temporary in view the Covid-19 pandemic or not it provides a platform for Malaysian and foreign companies in Malaysia to ask themselves whether an individual with my track record and experience would be helpful as they go forward if their employees are foreigners.

Gloves are in huge demand because of the spread of the virus that has infected more than 377,000 people across 194 countries and territories with more than 16,500 deaths.

For the record, the United States is the world’s biggest consumer of medical gloves per person.

As for me, I come with the knowledge, experience, the government relations and stakeholders trust to deliberate and manage all protocols therein end to end!

And at the time of writing I am looking for a new adventure and available for long term assignment!

KIASUISM HITS MALAYSIAN SUPERMARKETS THANKS TO MORONS FAKE MESSAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST!

‘Never would anyone ever imagine that the gentle, religious and caring Malaysian, was making a quantum leap into barbarism – thanks to a fake message on a social platform, which should be the subject of current investigations!’
KIASUISM HITS MALAYSIAN SUPERMARKETS THANKS TO MORONS FAKE MESSAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST!
I have read about this rather barbaric tendency that puts self above the rights, interests and needs of society!
What makes even those we found prior to be educated, religious, caring and profound to turn into something so self-serving?
In the past we saw this in Europe, the US, in Hong Kong, in Singapore, Iran, and Australia to cite a few!
Never would anyone ever imagine that the gentle, religious and caring Malaysian was making a quantum leap into barbarism – thanks to a fake message on a social platform, which should be the subject of current investigations!
My team and I witnessed widespread panic-buying, emotions and anxiety and tempers flaring, cars parked indiscriminately as Malaysian consumers fought each other to see who can empty the supermarket shelves even if it was not an item they perhaps, needed wanted?
It was like a scene from some futuristic Armageddon movie where supermarket shelves were emptied of groceries such as noodles, rice, toilet papers, tissues, bread, milk, canned drinks, eggs, biscuits, meat, canned food and many other items.
Was it the end of the world?
I felt really sorry for the staff at these outlets, the security, the cashiers, the anger thrown in frustration at the lack of more carts.
This was bound to happen since policymakers provided the perfect storm by pussy footing and not announcing one’s decision sooner whether Malaysia was going to be on a lock-down or a lock-down with a variation!
This was a communication fiasco of the highest order that was again allowed to happen because those who were driving these issues went to sleep or dropped the ball and shame on you!
You let us down again!
We realize the Covid-19 tally now stands at 553 cases since the beginning of the outbreak but this was being managed, unless again, there is a narrative below the surface no one has the political, religious, dignity and decorum to go on record?

MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST LAUDS TOURISM MINISTER NANCY SHUKRI’S MOVES ON COVID-19!

‘If you want to talk about leadership – this is leadership!
We are at war here against a deadly strain of virus and here we have a minister very hard at work taking the lead to walk the telephone lines, go to the epicenters and direct her officials into fast track action!’
MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST LAUDS TOURISM MINISTER NANCY SHUKRI’S MOVES ON COVID-19!
Time is of the essence, and, while some are busy playing golf, others setting up task forces, some awaiting for round table and square table discussions, feedback and more meetings, newly minted Tourism Minister and dear friend, Nancy Shukri acts with strategic sheath precision to close all public facilities under the tourism, arts and culture ministry until the end of April.
I was updated that the decision was taken in the public interest and public health concerns and to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
I have been advised by senior officials that all heads of the Tourism Ministry’s departments and agencies have been directed to close and disinfect their public facilities!
Among the closed facilities include the Department of Museums Malaysia, National Visual Arts Development Board, National Heritage Department, National Archives of Malaysia, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, National Library of Malaysia, Department of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Malaysia Tourism Centre and Istana Budaya!
If you want to talk about leadership – this is leadership!
We are at war here against a deadly strain of virus and here we have a minister very hard at work taking the lead to walk the telephone lines, go to the epicenters and direct her officials into fast track action!
There is no room for incompetence neither wasting time nor resources!
On behalf of CASSA MALAYSIA, I called and congratulated her on this fast track action and offered our assistance whenever needed!