Can Malaysia face another lockdown? PM says no

by | Sep 15, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob admitted in Parliament that Malaysia is unable to go through any more lockdowns with more economic sectors opening again.

The Prime Minister said that the continuous shutdown will have more negative implications which included the mental health of citizens.

He added, “The reopening of 11 economic sectors in states under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) was appropriate due to the high vaccination rates in the states.”

The government decided after taking into consideration data from the risk assessments conducted by the Health Ministry and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

The Bera MP assured that the sectors reopening had to follow the established standard operating procedures (SOP) and only allowed vaccinated customers.

Opposition member, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, had questioned why his government had relaxed social and economic restrictions while the death rates are high.

Ismail Sabri replied, based on data like few clusters in specific sectors, “We focused on reopening certain sectors.”

The Prime Minister also defended Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s appointment as National Recovery Council (NRC) Chairman.

He claimed that the former Prime Minister was there when it was formed and for continuity, he was elected.