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.