Can anyone trust what the PN government says? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
The Backdoor Gang
Malaysiakini : “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a
spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen
in the ice of its own indifference.” - Franklin D Roosevelt
| Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah's claim
that the government does not manipulate or hide Covid-19 statistics is
the kind of claptrap that makes this government even less credible than
it already is.
What this government has done is make it impossible to accurately gauge the ravages of this pandemic.
are reminding healthcare frontliners not to talk outside school, the
state security apparatus is cracking down on healthcare workers for
causing mischief when all they are talking about is the dire situation
they are in, and of course, politicians from the Perikatan Nasional (PN)
regime are busy waging a very public war to retain power.
has any idea, for instance, what the criteria are for states entering
Phase 2 or Phase 3, or whatever fancy term is used to demonstrate that a
particular state’s Covid-19 figures are decreasing.
states which do fulfil certain criteria but experience a resurgence will
deal with such numbers, beyond the federal government coming up with on
the fly strategies.
And forget about the ravages this pandemic
has wrought on the economy. When a high ranking member of the PN
government issues a public statement claiming that religion is placed
over the economic interests of Malaysians, how exactly can anyone have
faith that the government wants to get the economy back on track despite
the rosy prognostications of someone like Azmin Ali or the finance
This is why, when the current prime minister says that it is okay to raise the blue flag
– the colour of the ruling regime – but not the white and black flags,
what we are left with is a prime minister who only seems interested in
the self-preservation of his coalition and not the welfare of the
Honestly, the black flag is partisan in substance but the
white flag, despite what the government claims, is, in reality, a
desperate plea for help.
Mind you, I do not even have much faith
in the opposition when it comes to this issue, and I would certainly not
believe anything coming out of the Selangor state government.
Meanwhile, social media is a hotbed of misinformation most of which is peddled by partisans in this political conflict.
Tony Pua made very serious allegations
against the Health Ministry when he said: "Health Ministry
director-general (Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah) was selective and
manipulative with his statistics. When the full MCO was imposed on June
1, the number of cases recorded for June 1 was 7,105. The number for May
31 was 6,824. The average number of cases for the week preceding June 1
was 7,680. It was not 9,020." This points to a cover-up, which seems
credible if only because of the contradictory and often farcical
statements coming out of the mouths of minions from Putrajaya.
Then we have Selangor Task Force for Covid-19 chairperson Dzulkefly Ahmad reminding us that the MOH had stopped sharing
granular data on deaths for the past week, which again points to the
reality that the federal government and state governments are not on the
same page when it comes to shared information. What does this tell us
about how PN is waging this war against Covid-19?
The fact that
the MOH admitted some time ago that it was ramping down testing means
that any kind of figures coming out of the establishment is suspect. Not
to mention, the various gag orders issued to people who have been
desperately speaking out on social media.
Furthermore, what we
have been witness to, is a government that is not interested in the
voices of the frontliners and either deflects or harasses people who are
This is why frontliners now have to make all these
videos and disseminate them online to get a perspective out there which
clashes with official narratives of the PN state.
After a period
of docility and puppy love towards the Health DG, voices are already
beginning to question the accuracy of the data coming out of the daily
pressers and wondering if the government’s policies when it comes to
testing and containment are really based on anything beyond the whims of
the National Security Council (NSC).
The same goes with the
confusing policies set forth by the government and the way how certain
industries are allowed to operate. And this being Malaysia, the people
are left wondering if there were any financial incentives for certain
factories to remain open and the often arbitrary and illogical decisions
making process in allowing certain industries to operate.
Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, taking to Twitter on reportage that local
authorities have the power to close factories, wrote this:
“Decentralisation of power is good when the local authorities can be
trusted not to abuse it by collecting bribes. Sad to say that in many
local authorities 'commissions' will be collected from businesses that
don't want to be closed.”
So yes, we first wonder why certain
factories are allowed to open and then we wonder why such places are
allowed to continue operating.
In this kind of climate – which is
not really the fault of the PN regime, because this is a decades-old
problem – can you blame the average rakyat for wondering that if they
had the money, the pandemic would play out very differently when it came
to their economic interests.
PN repeatedly claims that it has a
plan in place to end these lockdowns but the strategy seems to be
waiting for a couple of weeks before pulling the trigger on extending
any cock-eyed policy they can come up with..
strategies of loosening restrictions involve all manner of
personalities, raising questions as to which groups, individuals and
industries are exempt from the MCO.
All you have to do is wonder
where the millions meant for the rakyat went and you will discover that,
while religion may be put above the economy, it is not put above the