The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) hopes that the government will, as the old saying goes: wake up and smell the kopi. In the face of more than 5,000 deaths, the adoption of timely reforms to the existing pandemic preventive measures is highly crucial to flattening the pandemic curve. At the same time, government shall approach major companies for vacated venue to relocate patients in urgent need of hospital beds.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Health (as of 12 pm, July 8), there were a total of 8,868 new COVID-19 positive cases in the country, the 2nd highest amount of cases in a single day, indicating that existing pandemic prevention measures are ineffective, which is not an acceptable and optimistic situation for the country.

The pandemic curve has never flattened properly, causing several hospitals treating COVID positive patients to be overwhelmed and unable to accept new patients. The hospital was forced to set up temporary beds outdoors to accommodate patients with mild symptoms, which goes the same for other hospitals. This phenomenon reflects that the local medical and healthcare system is at a critical point of collapse. If existing pandemic prevention measures are not changed, the two-week Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will surely fail.

It’s a pity that some political parties and politicians seem to pay no attention to the recent increase in confirmed cases. Although most of them stressed upon setting aside their differences to fight against the pandemic, others are keen on competing for office and power. The constant “politicisation” of the pandemic puts the safety of the political party above the safety of 32 million people.

Politics-wise, it is all talk and no walk. Nowadays, our country is in an extremely severe condition. There are no longer any economic and social capital to spare, and no one can stay afloat to take care of themselves.

KLSCAH hereby urges all government parties – especially the ruling and opposition parties – to put aside their differences, join hands in fighting against the pandemic to not continue fanning disastrous flames across the country.

JULY 9, 2021

Source: Malaysia Gazette

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