IS THE DEEP STATE IN BANGLADESH AND OTHER COUNTRIES FABRICATING COVID 19 FREE DOCUMENTS ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘Our entry point security apparatus need to be alerted on these allegations.

This must be addressed as of late we are painted as safe havens and transit lanes for various failed states and their despicable.’

IS THE DEEP STATE IN BANGLADESH AND OTHER COUNTRIES FABRICATING COVID 19 FREE DOCUMENTS ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

This is not funny!

As I sat with my deep throats, basically foreigners, sharing with me how one can pick up Covid 19 free documents at a fee, I was simply flabbergasted!

I am referring to allegations that Bangladesh and certain African states already notorious for the high handed scams are thick in these?

As I write this update the pandemic infection to-date stands at 242,452, fatalities at 872, new cases 3731 and Selangor infections alone at 1606!

The figures herein will change again today both with new infections and fatalities.

Malaysia has no time to pussyfoot with those trying to undermine our internal security mechanisms.

We already have enough cases where Bangladesh operatives have been arrested in the past.

These were for fabricating visas, travel documents, trafficking, being conduits in corrupt activities to fast track foreign worker applications approvals.

And money has always been no problem for them.

They are supported by well-connected upscale politicians, state and business operatives.

In Malaysia many are married to local women and using them as conduits set up various fronts!

And this is not funny at all.

Not with the current pandemic threatening us.

A recent 60 minutes documentary already highlights the clear and present danger on the issuance of fake travel documents, identity papers and the lot, allegedly with the assistance of those walking in the corridors of power of these countries.

If the allegations are indeed true, we need to address this matter fast track.

I will alert dear friends the Home and Defense Ministers.

Our entry point security apparatus need to be alerted on these allegations.

This must be addressed as of late we are painted as safe havens and transit lanes for various failed states and their despicable.

HAVING INCOMPETENT HEALTH LEADERSHIP NO WAY TO COMBAT COVID 19 OR CONFIDENCE BUILDING SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘To me this was another communication and public relations disaster!

You cannot say one thing one day and the next days say something else.

Everyone from stakeholders, those monitoring the status and news briefs,  the community and observers, healthcare professionals and others will be asking what happened within 24hours, when both statements are compared and contrasted?’

HAVING INCOMPETENT HEALTH LEADERSHIP NO WAY TO COMBAT COVID 19 OR CONFIDENCE BUILDING SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

I am amazed how tolerant we have become in this country in tolerating incompetence!

I am shocked that there is no political will to change non-performers and bring on someone more equipped to administer with consistency, clarity and professionalism.

We are in a massive pandemic.

As I write this update the pandemic infection to-date stands at 242,452, fatalities at 872, new cases 3731 and Selangor infections alone at 1606!

We need professionalism, steady hands, intelligence and team building and soft skills, to have the trust and confidence of the people we claim to serve.

However, if the reverse is the reality, than blow-backs can be earth shattering.

Unaddressed it impacts all the good initiatives and multiple strategies of the federal government to help.

If a particular individual or individuals are repeatedly found wanting he or she must be removed and replaced.

The first fall-out in the state of Selangor came when there was alleged an attempted cover up of Covid 19 infections among frontliners and first responders in Selangor.

Instead of dealing with the matter as professionally as possible the alleged blackout was unnecessary.

I had already gone on record last year predicting that Selangor will be the epicenter of this pandemic if there was no roll out of a plan of action comprehensively positioned.

I was aware of the double faced industry captains and their obsession at profits rather than the providing of safe, decent, humane and according to the statute foreign workers accommodation!

I had gone on the ground to converse with stakeholders.

I had spoken with the healthcare experts.

In that sense I am a frontliner myself addressing this matter as my duty.

When I raised the issue I was told that this will never happen in Selangor.

That was political arrogance!

Now all I can say is – res ipsa loquitor!

Inexplicably, there seems to be no shame in incompetence.

Inexplicably again, we forget when an incompetent individual leads in this case the statistics move upwards on infections and fatalities.

As policymakers, we must be consistent and with clarity release statements.

This is because we are judged on the statements we make.

On Saturday February 6th a statement was released that –

‘S’gor hospitals ‘running smoothly and able to cope with Covid-19’ (The Star)

We are told that Hospitals in Selangor are still able to cope with the number of Covid-19 patients as well as patients with other non-communicable ailments.

Reportedly the statement gave “impressions” that a system had been in place to ensure the state’s healthcare catered to all and continued to run smoothly.

Inexplicably, on February 7th it was reported that Malawati Stadium turns into Covid assessment centre!

The Bernama report stated that the Malawati Stadium here will start operating as a Covid Assessment Centre (CAC) for Petaling district beginning tomorrow.

To me this was another communication and public relations disaster!

You cannot say one thing one day and the next days say something else.

Everyone from stakeholders, those monitoring the status and news briefs,  the community and observers, healthcare professionals and others will be asking what happened within 24hours, when both statements are compared and contrasted?

In a context of far too many moving parts and anxieties we need a steady professional hand not inconsistency!

Our Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been on his front foot from day one to address this matter.

We cannot let him and the team down.

We are called to be consistent and professional as we are dealing with a very distressed and frightened Malaysian public!

If we are unable to cope, there is no shame in standing down.

It is time we picked the best person or taskforce team for the job!

COVID 19 – NOT A NEW CZAR BUT A TEAM OF FEARLESS CORRUPT FREE EMINENT EXPERTS NEEDED SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘But can the ordinary people remain calm, strong and resilient in facing the movement control order (MCO) and implementation of the state of emergency when livelihoods affected, there is no disposable income, earnings affected, they are traumatized about survival issues for themselves and their children?’

 

COVID 19 – NOT A NEW CZAR BUT A TEAM OF FEARLESS CORRUPT FREE EMINENT EXPERTS NEEDED SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE  

The call by my very dear friend, Umno vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin who was former Menteri Besar of Johor urging the government to appoint a new “Czar” to design and lead a new approach to the country’s Covid-19 response is not new!

He has always been a progressive thinker and no nonsense politicians.

Now in regards what he stated, I have made similar calls over the print and electronic media in my blog and in my private conversations with those in the corridors of power.

But with a difference!

What we need is a team or taskforce of eminent epidemiologists, healthcare experts, members of both the public and private sector experts which includes any past MOH DGs who have a track record of addressing pandemics to come together to address the issue.

But this call made as early as March 2020 was never taken up.

The problem is the systemic power obsessions of individuals who are basically control freaks.

In their eco-system of intelligence and knowledge there is no such thing as empowerment?

And when this happens it is no more the rights, interests of a nation but of individuals who see an opportunity for an expansion of their greed and power and with it the perks and salutations and titles that comes with it!

It is easier for corrupt politicians to deal an individual rather than a team of fearless, corrupt free eminent experts!

As I write this blog update I am advised that the Covid 19 infections have passed the 219,000 thousand figure and fatality as well previously at 770!

For the record, it has been almost a year since the first movement control order (MCO) was implemented and yet there are few signs of improvements.

Now on top of it we have an emergency but the numbers are still rising.

Today people are losing their income, getting into more debts and several hundred thousand traumatized as where their next meal is coming from.

Our first responders and frontliners are stretched and now the healthcare system is buckling.

Their welfare has been the subject of great debate by hypocrites patronizing the issue when they need not worry about their deep pockets and no lack of wage cuts or new sources of inexplicable income?

It is true that our health and medical institutes are barely coping.

This is despite multiple hospitals been dedicated to serving Covid-19 patients.

But can the ordinary people remain calm, strong and resilient in facing the movement control order (MCO) and implementation of the state of emergency when livelihoods affected, there is no disposable income, earnings affected, they are traumatized about survival issues for themselves and their children?

Malaysian politicians, cabinet members and the civil servants need not worry as they face no financial impact to their purse strings during this pandemic and lockdown!

Again I ask – what about we – the ordinary folks?

 

COVID 19 A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES RESPONSE & ATTITUDES

‘Instead far too many politicians and their hangers on are into adulation, helping each other with more titles, positions, new perks but failing to serve the very vulnerable people, they are expected to.’

COVID 19 A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES RESPONSE & ATTITUDES

When I received data and communication from relatives and friends in the Western Australian government I was indeed not surprised!

It was a brilliant no nonsense strategy where 2 million Australians begun their first full day of a strict coronavirus lockdown on following the discovery of one case in the community in Perth, capital of Western Australia state, despite no new cases since been found.

The officialdom ordered a five-day lockdown of Perth after a security guard at a hotel used to quarantine people returning from overseas was found to have contracted the virus.

The state government said 66 people have been deemed close contacts of the unidentified guard and none of those already tested were infected.

They did their investigation and found that 13 close contacts have now tested negative and of those 11 high-risk contacts have been moved into hotel quarantine as an extra precaution.

Of course results from tests on the rest of the close contacts were expected to be completed today.

I have always admired the way Western Governments address and respond to public policy initiatives, deliberations, issues and controversies.

Where there is no quarter given, expected, no two set of operating laws – one for the VVIPs, Cabinet Ministers, politicians, the rich and connected and others!

They do not speak with a forked tongue as well or worst blatantly misrepresent, fabricate or lie for personal agendas, and interest.

They do not fabricate or backdate a cover up letter to protect politicians?

As a result, massive Australia has managed to largely contain its novel coronavirus epidemic – limiting cases to nearly 29,000 and deaths to 909 – with the sort of decisive action seen in Perth and tight border controls.

It does not end there as I am advised that a vaccine campaign and roll out is due to begin this month, which would cost at least A$6.3 billion.

They have also pledged to spend A$4.4 billion to acquire enough doses for its 26 million population and a further A$1.9 billion to pay for the roll-out.

In Malaysia daily on the other hand, we have twist and turns and controversies of powerful politicians and those politically connected abusing the system.

Worst inexplicably, defended when there is already enough evidence of laws being floated.

The powerful make grandiose speeches and patronizing statements as if they love and care for the first responders, frontliners or the people.

But can the ordinary people remain calm, strong and resilient in facing the movement control order (MCO) and implementation of the state of emergency when livelihoods affected, there is no disposable income, earnings affected, they are traumatized about survival issues for themselves and their children

Malaysian politicians, cabinet members and the civil servants need not worry as they face no financial impact to their purse strings during this pandemic and lockdown!

But what about we – the ordinary folks?

So let us stop the pretense that we understand the ordinary folk’s pain and suffering!

Many think that raising the fines and punitive sanctions the answer but who are the victims here, again?

Will those in authority on the ground and enforcement manipulate the system resulting in facilitating kickbacks from offenders as is alleged by ordinary men and women?

Currently we have gone on record with a MCO and emergency but many activities open and abused through political power play?

Look at the huge jams on the roads.

Look at individuals not following the protocols on Covid 19!

Look at the foreigners here behaving as if they are immune and floating the law without wearing mask.

We have crossed the 214,959 mark and fatalities stand at 760 both at the time of writing which is expected to change in a few hours.

There is so much noise about the vaccines but again, many within ASEAN, many third world countries, emerging economies have already started their plan of action and roll out while in Malaysia all we hear is hot air, claims and statements with no clear cut map of a roll out strategy and its protocols.

Worst many are mad saying that the foreign workers need to be vaccinated first not the locals?

These are very young individuals.

Vaccines first should be diverted to the first responders, front-liners, the aged, vulnerable and sickly!

Here there is so much confusion as well to which vaccine – Chinese, Russian or Pfizer?

We should never forget that Vaccine procurement must be accountable and transparent, with MOH taking the lead, instead of the science, technology and innovation ministry.

We also have a situation where consistent and accurate communication to instill public confidence and compliance is lacking.

Instead far too many politicians and their hangers on are into adulation, helping each other with more titles, positions, new perks but failing to serve the very vulnerable people, they are expected to.

It is a tragic reality.

FOREIGN WORKERS QUARTERS IT’S THE INDUSTRY’S RESPONSIBILITY NOT GOVT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

‘First they have succeeded in super depressing local workers’ wages for decades when their executives and top managements earn wages that are simply out of this world!’

FOREIGN WORKERS QUARTERS IT’S THE INDUSTRY’S RESPONSIBILITY NOT GOVT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

Let us get straight to the issue!

There is absolutely no reason for the Malaysian government to conduct a study into the possibility of providing living quarters for foreign workers to curb Covid-19 transmission!

I have advised repeatedly the government and supporting agencies and held conversations with senior politicians on this matter.

The more we indulge and baby sit such matters which are the legal and moral responsibility of the various industries and sectors we adopt and waste valuable assets and resources which should be diverted to critical areas of need!

Housing or accommodation is the sole responsibility of the industry!

And they should comply with the requirements under the Employees’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodations and Amenities (Amendment) Act 2019 (Act 446) and its Regulations as well as the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No.9) Regulations 2020 which provides for employers to conduct mandatory screening of foreign workers when instructed.

I have already stated that going forward when applications are made for foreign workers, approvals should only be given if the said company has complied with the above statutes and its provisions!

Housing must be provided in the industrial areas not at current practice of placing them with the local community at flats and housing estates!

Where they have created community issues, health related hazards, social problems and now the conduits of a fatal pandemic!

And industry players have had it too easy here.

First they have succeeded in super depressing local workers’ wages for decades when their executives and top managements earn wages that are simply out of this world!

And this is done systematically so that it does not attract our locals who cannot sustain themselves with the kind of wages being on the table.

And this continues because of the lobbying power of the industry and their lobbyists and corrupt political friends assisting them.

It is now time to re-evaluate the protocol and process of foreign workers applications to specifically address low wages offered to locals and justifications of industry seeking outdated and repressive policy of foreign workers first applications at low wages and despicable standards of employment which thanks to this pandemic has come to hold the nation prisoner, threatened and infected the community and now both smeared the image of the nation and exposed the high powered corruption and incompetence in foreign workers application protocols!