Netizens don’t seem to be too keen on the government’s National Recovery Plan and the benchmarks set to transition from one phase to the other, with the hashtag #KerajaanBodoh again trending online.
In a televised address this afternoon, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin outlined the four-phase process that is expected to be completed by year’s end, with the end goal being a return to normalcy for the country.
Social media users especially took aim at the 4,000-case mark that will usher in the start of Phase 2, saying this was still far too high a number to begin easing any restrictions.
“Where is the science that says 4k is a safe level? It’s not,” said one user going by the name Triona.
“We’re gonna be back into MCO. F in FMCO stands for failed,” she said, in reference to the “full” movement control order currently being imposed.
Raymond Fang agreed, saying lifting restrictions too early would land the country “back at square one.”
“4,000 cases is still relatively high, and once you ease the lockdown; the number goes up again. So what’s the whole point?”
Similarly, Nisa Erina noted that the gradual reopening of schools and other economic sectors would cause cases to rise and land the country in yet another movement control order.
Vanessa said it was no wonder #KerajaanBodoh was trending once again, as Muhyiddin’s announcement was “clearly a very unrealistic plan.”
“RIP Malaysia’s economy,” she added.
Meanwhile, Rafidah Aziz has poured cold water on the “so-called national recovery plan” announced by the prime minister this evening, saying no strategies were outlined in moving forward.
The former international trade and industry minister said Muhyiddin Yassin did not detail plans for addressing issues revolving around the economic and education sectors or health issues caused by the lockdown.
Neither did Muhyiddin touch on how to reintegrate into regional and global markets and economies or provide employment opportunities.
Nor did he address how to manage losses incurred due to the “education and work shutdowns” for the last 15 months. She said there was a need to review the delivery of education at all stages.
Muhyiddin also did not announce any tax breaks, she said.
“The government must adopt a pre-emptive approach for the national recovery plan based on the impact in all areas of society and the economy, due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said in a text message to FMT.
Putrajaya, Rafidah went on to say, must come up with a plan that is parallel with the management of the outbreak, by reviewing disruptive laws and procedures, providing employment opportunities and introducing tax breaks to encourage businesses to be revived.
In a televised address, Muhyiddin said Putrajaya’s exit strategy from the Covid-19 pandemic will involve four phases, with all sectors possibly reopening in the final phase.
The first phase of the recovery plan is the ongoing lockdown, which is being implemented because the number of cases remains high.
The second phase would see tighter control of social activities and movement restrictions, with economic sectors being reopened in stages.
He said the third phase would see all economic sectors being allowed to operate except those listed as high risk.
The last stage, the prime minister said, would begin by October once the Covid-19 infection numbers drop to 500 a day and 60% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Under the last phase, Muhyiddin said the nation could return to near normalcy with all economic sectors open.