WITH TRUST, TRUTH AND DISCIPLINE DEFICIENCIES MALAYSIA STRUGGLES TO CONTAIN COVID 19 SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

Do we not owe this to the over 827,191 infected to date and 6067 fatalities and climbing?

I lost a sister in New Delhi; several close friends here and on even date have an aunty on life support at a public hospital!

WITH TRUST, TRUTH AND DISCIPLINE DEFICIENCIES MALAYSIA STRUGGLES TO CONTAIN COVID 19 SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

For far too long we have over-rated our healthcare system!

We have politically raped, abused and misused the protocols needed to administratively manage a healthcare system taking into account manpower needs present and future, importantly the best hands and skills for the job, addressing the upgrades needed both of refurbishment of the hospital, the need to procure the best technology, diagnostics and others, the professional and ethical management of all purchases through a bipartisan committee – the appropriation, purchases, procurement committee making certain zero tolerance for cronyism, corruption and under-handed tactics!

Have we done this?

Sadly we all know the answer to that.

I have addressed healthcare issues and scandals from the late 70’s!

I have crossed swords with the highest and most powerful in the land in the public interest.

Even my own relative truly an honest dedicated man and that time head of the hospital division was not spared!

He was unable to control the abuse in the system and then face a young non-compromising up stud in me, in my twentys exposing scandals after scandal which at that time was carried by the mainstream media!

Then at the advent of the arrival of health ministers Chua Jui Meng and Chua Soi Lek the best health ministers Malaysia has had peace pipe was smoked between us.

With the arrival of the then Director General of Health Services Dr Ismail Merikan the team was complete.

But sadly over the years the rot had set in again now entrenched by the lack of trust, truth, over whelming greed by cronies and command and control freaks!

The Covid Pandemic did Malaysia a favor.

It showed what was fact and fiction!

Now 18 months later it has clearly showed how abused and uncared the healthcare system is.

It told us to stop screaming that mantra that we have a great healthcare system even of primary care.

Eighteen months ago I cried out a lone voice for the setting up of a professional group of individuals from all walks of life to address this challenge!

They may have done but the selection as always included recycled individuals, close friends those who will not stir or depart from the script been prepared!

Today with trust and truth issues the lack of discipline and foresight in our public policy initiatives and deliberations we see a broken system!

Today the involvement of threatened and incompetent politicians in healthcare issues has finally destroyed what was painstaking built over the years!

So I am not surprised that one Brigadier General Dr Mohd Arshil Moideen, who is the management chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces Health Service Division, stating that “In a war, like the war on Covid-19, we need a single standardized strategy line of command that everyone can abide by.”

I fully concur.

Make no mistake.

We are indeed in a war against Covid-19, and we are clearly on the losing side – ICUs full, shortage of staff and oxygen, and a high number of daily deaths.

We forget that it has been almost 18 months since Covid-19 was detected in Malaysia!

Our frontliners are exhausted, tired, distressed and several suffering burnt out traumas!

I have many dear friends in those groupings.

Today we still do not have a “single standardized strategy line”.

Our politicians have done very well for themselves, their greed with abuse of current conditions!

Embarrassingly, other nations may experience similar surges due to new variants; however, they are not in the dire condition as seen in videos and photos of overflowing hospitals around Klang Valley circulating in social media.

Some nations are even returning to pre-Covid-19 days as seen in the ongoing European football championships.

They have a clear strategy.

Does Malaysia have one?

Are we again opening the gates next week to facilitate the exodus of the recalcitrant communities back to the heartland to celebrate festivities?

Why have not addressed the workplace clusters to date?

Why have we not charged industry captains and managements for this fiasco which has threatened the lives of all in Malaysia?

Why no action on the arrogant and insensitive politicians who are serial breakers of the Covid 19 protocols?

This article will not be complete if I do not highlight my praise and support for Malaysia’s Home Minister for walking the talk by being the first home minister to go down to ground zero to address the workplace cluster!

His no nonsense approach, foresight and dedication when he reaches out to respected individuals with track record for input, feedbacks and support.

IF only others would follow his strategy instead of recycling mantras we may see change!

Do we not owe this to the over 827,191 infected to date and 6067 fatalities and climbing?

I lost a sister in New Delhi, several close friends here and on even date have an aunty on life support at a public hospital!

Breaking news!

My Aunty passed away this afternoon at a public hospital.

CONVERT SHAH ALAM HOSPITAL INTO A COVID HOSPITAL SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘Up to today there has yet to be an independent task force of members of the civil society to comprehensively look at what has gone terribly wrong in Selangor!

Why?’

CONVERT SHAH ALAM HOSPITAL INTO A COVID HOSPITAL SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

Every day the mantra is the same and it read as follows:

Covid-19 (June 24) – 5,841 new cases, 84 deaths, 30 new clusters!

With the mention that Selangor again tops the numbers with 2072 and the majority clusters were work related!

This has been going on for some time now.

Personally I know of several cases where Covid positive patients are told to come to the stadium!

Why are ambulances not sent?

I know of cases where threats of fines were issued to confirmed Covid 19 patients!

Inexplicably they were at that material time already admitted to hospital, no thanks to the screwed up system in Selangor but thanks to the involvement of several frontliners, who came to their assistance!

Threats of fine because they had not updated their Selangor App called SELangkah which runs the same portfolio of MySejahtera?

Members of their family are also alleged to be Covid positive and after allegedly threatened of again of fines have all admitted themselves in a private hospital quarantine system, financed by them, I am advised.

The earlier two are in stage 3 and 4 and these threats do nothing but irritate the community!

They are in a life and death situation and you think they are worried at your threats of fines?

Selangor is now an embarrassment!

Let us not point fingers at the federal government but ask the ‘experts in Selangor what happened?’

Up to today there has yet to be an independent task force of members of the civil society to comprehensively look at what has gone terribly wrong in Selangor!

By the way, why are we converting tertiary medical institutions into Covid 19 centers positioning those with other medical threats into risk!

And not converting more non tertiary hospitals into Covid 19 centers?

Listen to me those in Selangor!

It is time a decision is taken to immediately convert the Shah Alam Hospital into a Covid 19 center!

Time is of the essence and so far the healthcare leadership in Selangor, the vaccination delivery and matters related to workplace clusters and even that possibility of infection at the crowds that assemble in stadiums and other places say one thing – the delivery system in Selangor is simply pathetic!

The people deserve better!

I thank the Home Minister who has spent a great deal of time going to the ground, walking the lines and addressing work related cluster issues, and taking to task managements for their recalcitrant attitude of not following Covid 19 protocols and so forth!

It is time that those in slumber wake up in Selangor!

And start by converting immediately the Shah Alam hospital into a Covid 19 center!

#MAKAN UNTUK HIDUP BUKAN HIDUP UNTUK MAKAN!

TRUST ISSUES IN MALAYSIA – MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE THANKS HRH TUNKU ZAIN AL-ABIDIN TUANKU MUHRIZ FOR FEELING THE PULSE OF THE NATION

‘In my entire 45 years of volunteerism, consumer advocacy and addressing public policy initiatives and deliberations, I had never seen such colossal hypocrisy and double standards.’

TRUST ISSUES IN MALAYSIA – MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE THANKS HRH TUNKU ZAIN AL-ABIDIN TUANKU MUHRIZ FOR FEELING THE PULSE OF THE NATION

I was delighted to hear HRH Tunku Zain Al-Abidin Tuanku Muhriz go on record that currently we are experiencing a super lack of trust in the country’s institutions.

The Negeri Sembilan prince was right on cue that over the past year, questions of leadership, accountability and transparency have accompanied decisions related to the tackling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic challenged and tested our claims of immunity, our standards, our response and over-all the resolve in addressing, managing and defeating the threat!

It was an acid test that we failed.

It challenged previously held mantras that we have an access of doctors and frontliners.

That we had the needed leadership who will not fall over each other and policies in place.

The pandemic as we know had crossed all barriers of political parties, race, religion, and virtually dealt a blow across crippling the nation!

There were no sacred cows as everyone was affected.

Our initial mute reaction and subsequent reckless and U-turns caused us severely.

Our kid glove approach to the recalcitrant communities and the cluster spreaders was embarrassingly seen.

To date there has been 667,876 infected and 4069 fatalities.

The crippling of the economy, the paralysis of a community social movement, massive loss of jobs, business affected with those who never had a lifestyle of seeking handouts or freebies from the government now raising their arms in defeat and the trauma of facing rising debts.

The U-turns, abuse of the SOPs by politicians and celebrities well connected to power and wealth circles, hypocrisy, double-standards, queue jumping the bureaucratic and political abuse of a vaccination roll-out was all just far too much for the ordinary folks.

In my entire 45 years of volunteerism, consumer advocacy and addressing public policy initiatives and deliberations I had never seen such colossal hypocrisy and double standards.

We saw how our politicians failed miserably to rise above personal interest, political parties and personal considerations instead of the nation and its people under siege.

We saw the total disconnect with the pain, reality on the ground and suffering of the people.

It was obvious there were none to show true leadership, capability, ability, vision and depth of understanding of the present situation to lead and console us.

Sadly, it was all about political power and how to retain it at any costs?

So HRH Tunku Zain, the founding president of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), said quite correctly that it is important for national institutions to be backed by public confidence and a strong constitutional foundation.

He is certainly right that these are things that are important for stability, prosperity, and happiness!

That is why the challenge for us is to restore hope in the people, uphold the Federal Constitution, our system of parliamentary democracy and make certain that all our institutions are squeaky clean to get us out of the current challenge from all sides.

And the need to remove those who lust for political power, greed,  untruths, the calculative disregard for fair-play, justice, the manipulation of race relations and issues, of faith!

It is time for accountability, good governance and truth!

It is time we addressed holistically to pave a way forward for a nation that once was a beacon for others in the region and the global stage!

May the ALMIGHTY intervene and help us through.

#MAKAN UNTUK HIDUP BUKAN HIDUP UNTUK MAKAN!

IN THE LIGHT OF NATIONAL SECURITY DETAIN AND DEPORT ALL UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGNERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘The various embassies and foreign consul here on their part have never shown a sincere response to address the problem brought about by those from their countries and through their continued incompetence!

I had personally mentioned this to several personal advisers of sitting head of states!’

IN THE LIGHT OF NATIONAL SECURITY DETAIN AND DEPORT ALL UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGNERS SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

There is absolutely no need to take unsolicited advice from any quarters be they local or foreign NGOs or for that matter, even UN groups here!

Internal security is the sole prerogative of the Malaysian Home Ministry!

It is easy to script press releases and advisories without taking into cognizance the clear and present danger, social, health and economic threats this undocumented demography pose to Malaysia.

The UNHCR is also an embarrassment.

Have they been comprehensively monitoring those they provided/dish-out UNHCR cards?

There is no need to make bogus claims of ‘explosions’ or subtle inducements of United Nations’ Human Rights Council carrot for the 2022-2024!

That is been mischievous trying to play two ministries against each other!

What is important and has been for over 25 years is that we have yet to launch a clear arrest and deportation schedule taking into account our internal security!

Not the views of laptop mercenaries, industry captains, business interests all of whom have shown in this pandemic and its spikes that they had always cut corners to maximize profits over human dignity, fair wages, accommodation, welfare and healthcare.

They have also failed to monitor those under their approval quota.

We cannot adhere to the age-old excuses recycled over 25 years of blame games and the veneration of the illegals.

The pandemic and the work related clusters has shown the government has to act.

The various embassies and foreign consul here on their part have never shown a sincere response to address the problem brought about by those from their countries and through their continued incompetence!

I had personally mentioned this to several personal advisers of sitting head of states!

Malaysia has indeed been very generous and kind.

But these shenanigans have over-stayed their welcome!

However there is a limit to this generosity when today there are serious implications on national and health security of the nation if the current gaps, weaknesses and dangers not attended to.

I have advised our security apparatus agencies.

I have pleaded to our Home Minister that it is time we acted without fear to detain and depot those illegals.

I support the political will of the home minister and the security team to initiate what is best for Malaysia!

It is time to act and act we must!

No apologies to protecting our borders and our nation!

#MAKAN UNTUK HIDUP BUKAN HIDUP UNTUK MAKAN!

STOP WASTING TIME WITH SCREENING MOVE TO VACCINATION SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

I just cannot understand the rationale why we are wasting valuable time conducting screenings when what we should be addressing is the massive vaccination of over 80 per cent of our citizenry!’

STOP WASTING TIME WITH SCREENING MOVE TO VACCINATION SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

The greatest folly Malaysia has made is put politicians on the forefront of the covid-19 pandemic response instead of Malaysia’s Ministry of Health!

As a result we have seen the abuse, misuse, the double-talk, the BS narrative politicians are known for, questions raise whose felt needs and interests is been addressed at each tier, corporate or the masses, be they the lock-down, with queue-jumping, collapse of an  app which instead of being an assistance was a nightmare?

Let me remind these politicians you are confirmed an idiot the moment you tell trained and tested medical personnel and doctors to train themselves to give vaccines!

It is like telling a Queen’s Counsel whether he is aware of Criminal Law which is a year one subject at law school!

I just cannot understand the rationale why we are wasting valuable time conducting screenings when what we should be addressing is the massive vaccination of over 80 per cent of our citizenry!

What do you expect to gain from this screenings?

Except allow the figures to jump?

Some may not be picked during screenings but may exhibit the conditions later or even pick it up during these massive screenings process?

Let us not forget that Malaysia reported 8,209 new infections on Thursday, taking the cumulative caseload to nearly 600,000. With 103 virus-related deaths, pandemic fatalities rose to 3,096.

We are also facing the rise of workplace clusters, which have recorded a high number of new Covid-19 cases, besides the festive and interstate clusters!

A statement also made by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Are we not disturbed that a total of 287 workplace clusters involving 17,087 cases were recorded from April 1 until yesterday, with 233 clusters involving 16,785 cases still active.

That the three States recording the highest number of workplace clusters during the period are Selangor with 74 clusters (25.7%), Johor with 53 clusters (18.4%) and Penang with 31 clusters (10.8%).

That the manufacturing sector is identified as the highest contributor to the cluster compared to other sub-categories with 132 clusters (46%), followed by the service sector with 57 clusters (20%)?

The other sub-categories are the public administration cluster and the construction cluster.

This is a time the nation has to act and act decisively by going into vaccine mode led by members of our Ministry of Health and not be outsourced to politicians and other unqualified individuals, corporate and business interest and clusters!

#MAKAN UNTUK HIDUP BUKAN HIDUP UNTUK MAKAN!