Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Lim Guan Eng have criticised the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis in their New Year messages released on social media.
Opposition parties this evening slammed Putrajaya’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, in their respective New Year message, highlighting how it has led to the number of cases surpassing that of China.
Both top opposition politicians have compared Malaysia’s 113,010 cases with China’s 87,052 cases, saying that this reflected the government’s failure to control the disease.
Dr Mahathir, the founder of Bersatu splinter party Pejuang, said in a video message released on social media that this could be because political pressure on the government distracted it from the crisis.
“If the government had looked east, maybe it could learn how China contained the disease,” he said, adding that this government was not elected and just wanted to stay in power.
He went on to call on Malaysians to make rejecting graft their resolution for 2021, saying it would save the nation, especially once the Covid-19 vaccine is made available.
Meanwhile, Lim Guan Eng said the government’s mishandling of the pandemic led to Malaysia becoming the second-highest Asean nation in terms of Covid-19 infections, after Indonesia.
The DAP secretary-general said this was a concern as the nation’s health facilities may not be able to cope with the escalating number of cases.
Worse, Lim said, the PN government refused to cough up RM2.1 billion to make early purchases of Covid-19 vaccines, which he added led to the delay in receiving the vaccines.
“Such a stingy and miserly refusal to make available the sum is a bigger blunder and more incompetent than Malaysia’s downgrade in sovereign credit ratings by Fitch recently,” he added.
Lim also called out the government’s failure to address the political instability, saying it led to a health, economic and education crisis as well as a “crisis in confidence”.
“Members of this unelected government continue to make political statements or take actions that divide the people,” Lim said.
“Even Vietnam has now surpassed Malaysia economically with a larger GDP for the first time.”