There however has been, Chinese intelligence spins, propaganda on social media, attacks and threats against any government who questions Beijing!
THE POLITICS OF WUHAN VIRUS @COVID 19 & CHINESE INTELLIGENCE SPINS – IS IT WRONG TO SEEK THE TRUTH, ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & HUMAN RIGHTS ATTORNEY PROF DR JACOB GEORGE?
Excuse me – we are in lock-down.
War like conditions, our lives forever impacted, economies spiraling into the abyss of darkness!
The poor, daily waged the vulnerable hitting new lows!
And yet we hear allegations that subsidies allocated for them being robbed, shortchanged or pictures/stickers of politicians and parties pasted on them as if they are the providers?
Every time assistance is given the media is invited and pictures uploaded in the social media.
Do these shenanigans know no shame?
What is taught by their religions and cultures?
This universal virus attack, accident or a well-planned coordinated miss-step raises many questions than answers in the international corridors of power.
Instead of a clampdown using deep state tactics?
Why were Chinese nationals allowed to fly abroad once it was known there was a problem domestically?
The indifference either because it was intended or because of idiocy and foolishness the impact was felt in the UK, the US, in Italy, Spain and other countries, shocking images show military vehicles deployed to pick up dead bodies from overwhelmed hospitals.
That was not all!
Front-liners and health workers were put in a situation of ‘playing God’ to decide which patients get scarce life-saving equipment.
Yet, the far-reaching restrictions imposed by governments to provide short-term relief will need to be carefully weighed against the long-term collateral damage they might cause.
How to exit the impasse?
The Wuhan Viras@Covid-19 has caused an unprecedented global crisis may have changed the world profoundly and forever.
So far there has been no apology to the world from China!
There however has been Chinese intelligence spins, propaganda on social media, attacks and threats against any government who questions Beijing!
We saw it in the cross-fire between them and the US and even Australia!
From feed-backs with my learned friends in the medical fraternity I am advised that the virus is scarier than the SARS and MERS pandemics and spreads more easily than those locally confined Ebola outbreaks of the past.
Lives impacted, lifestyle changes start, economies on plateaus and spirally down need to stop the free fall.
Then we cannot avoid that elephant in the room either!
Far-reaching restrictions of fundamental freedoms!
These are unprecedented damage on many levels as both politicians and civil servants play god?
Then you have internationally where court cases are suspended and legal systems shut down, doing irreparable damage to the rule of law.
Fundamental civil rights such as the freedom of assembly are suspended, providing an ideal pretext for semi-authoritarian governments to extend their powers indefinitely, as seen in Hungary.
The manner law is interpreted in some countries raises deep anxiety as well!
Even the judgments which pitches a lack of coherence and clarity or worst, the interpretation of the law justly, across the board!
The irony is the deep state or Chinese-style measures that would have been inconceivable a few months ago, such as personalized tracking of phones, are suddenly adopted in EU member states without much of a public outcry.
When countries decide to close their borders and cause long traffic jams on highways, supply chains risk being interrupted.
Many consumers and marginalized communities feel the pain of the lack of essentials and as costs of living rises when one is either out of work or daily wager things become more complicated!
There are already reports of the psychological, social damage, rising domestic violence, suicides, closing businesses and other pressures that are adders to an already growing pain.
Certainly, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when and to what extent restrictions should be lifted.
Like Italy, Sweden and Denmark, all have their own trajectory.
In this part of the world Indonesia looks like a terrible nightmare and its impact felt in Malaysia as some of our citizens return and confirmed impacted!
It is superb that we have the quarantined protocols in place!
Sadly no matter where one looks the real casualty of this pandemic has been the lack of clear communication!
It is a sheer madness!
Lessons not learnt!
Politicians stupid as they are seeking publicity in a matter where they are no experts let alone knowledgeable!
I have always stated the obvious – that need for consistency, clarity, coherence to move forward intelligently.
It needs to be clearly communicated as well, that society cannot maintain the current shut down indefinitely!
Governments around the world need an effective exit strategy.
No country in the current lock-down can continue stimulus packages either!
One last point!
It is rather strange that today Virologists, epidemiologists and doctors currently dominate the decision-making process and have more influence than ever.
I do not disagree that their expertise is critical.
But it is also important to listen to others, namely economists, psychologists, civil society members to join the table discussion and assess the risks and trade-offs governments will face in the coming months.
This is a team event not for self-serving politicians or individuals using a pandemic for personal glorification, media attention and spin!