‘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.