No turning back of phases if surge of COVID-19 occurs in states, NRP to be tabled in Budget 2022 –PM Muhyiddin   


KUALA LUMPUR JULY 26: The government agreed on the concept for a state that has been placed in Phase Two will not return to Phase One and also in Phase Three will not be back to Phase Two as the National Recovery Plan (NRP) is an exit strategy initiative and no turning back.

Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, this formula had been decided in the National Security Council Special Meeting but however human beings could only plan but Allah’s (God) plan is the best.

“I would like to inform that if there is a repeated increase in COVID-19 in the states concerned, the government will restrict the movement control based on localities without imposing the whole control order to the state or territory like what has been implemented now.

“On the whole the NRP is one of the government’s initiatives to focus on the reopening of the economy and social activities structurally and in stages. The continuity of NRP will be detailed during the tabling of the 12th Malaysia Plan (RMK) and 2022 Budget.

“Insya Allah the 12th RMK will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on 20th September and Budget 2022 on 29th October 2021,” Muhyiddin said in his speech at the special meeting of the 3rd session of the 14th Parliament here today.

On another development, Muhyiddin said, the government has formed the National Recovery Council (NRC) with the participation of the private sectors, industry experts, NGOs and state representative from Sabah and Sarawak.

“I have chaired the first NRC meeting on 23rd July 2021. The Government has also invited three opposition representatives to sit in the NRC, one each from Pakatan Harapan, Warisan and Pejuang to share opinion and advice in several aspects of the recovery plan,” he added.

Muhyiddin also highlighted on the national vaccination programme where the government has ordered 79.9 million doses of vaccine and out of which 25.2 millon doses have been received.

He added, 37.3 million doses are expected to arrive in August and 21.9 million doses will be supplied on the fourth quarter of 2021 and the remaining will be received on the first quarter of 2022.

According to the Prime Minister, the original plan was to have 80 per cent of the adult population to have complete doses in the first quarter of 2022. Insya Allah the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) has been enhanced with the target of 100 per cent adult population will receive the complete doses earlier in October this year.

“Currently the government has reached the vaccination rate of more than 500,000 doses per day,” Muhyiddin added. 

Muhyiddin said, under the Operation Surge Capacity, it is expected that 100 per cent of the adult population in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur with 6.1 million people will receive at least one vaccination inoculation in early August.

“Currently through PICK, 16 million doses have been delivered to the people involving 11 million have received the first dose and five million have received complete two doses of vaccination,” Muhyiddin stressed.

The Member of Parliament (MP) from Pagoh also stressed that the global average death rate is 2.2 per cent while in Malaysia is 0.7 per cent. Based on the Director General of Health’s report, 98 per cent of the COVID-19 patients are without symptoms or having light symptoms while the recovery rate currently is 87 per cent.      

He added, the government is concerned about the impact of the pandemic to the mental health of the Malaysians. Several measures have been taken such as setting up psychosocial support line under the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and channelling funds to NGO dealing with mental health.

“The government is not perfect. But the reality is the government today is not just relaxing and letting the people suffer but instead move forward and actions have been taken to save the lives and the livelihood of the people.

“What is important is we must have solidarity to face this challenging and difficult time. There is no need to argue or finger pointing. There are people in pain out there and there is a father who has lost his income, a child suffering and front liners who are continuously being overloaded and stressful in the hospitals.

“Let us be together to find productive means and reap success for every effort made. The Malay proverb that says: “We will be successful for being together as unity is strength and departure will be destruction,” he added. –Malaysia World News       

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