Some of the exit plans and strategies from the Covid-19 pandemic as outlined and executed during Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s premiership as the 8th Malaysia Prime Minister are beginning to show encouraging, positive results. They are coming to fruition – producing the outcomes that rakyat and the country have intended and hoped for.
His brainchild, the National Recovery Plan, for instance, is slowly but surely taking us and this beloved nation of ours gradually out of the health and economic crises. His appointment as the National Recovery Council chairman recently just fits him well so that he could proceed with post-pandemic exit plan.
As it is now, his mission and vision for his plans for the country’s economy to reopen by the end of October when he launched the Plan last June, has, more or less been accomplished, with the reopening of more economic and social sectors. Malaysia, no doubt, looks set to heal in no time as it gradually moves on from a more relaxed phase to another.
Thanks to his numerous action plans and key takeaways, the RM530 billion in the form of endless aids and assistance for the people, the economic stimulus packages and all – the present Perikatan Nasional-led government under Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob now only has to proceed with or continue what that has been earmarked and left behind by Muhyiddin.
The massive vaccination effort nationwide and the immediate action by the government to address the spikes in positive cases in Greater Klang Valley through Operation Surge Capacity, had significantly reduced severe cases of infections and fatalities as well as patient admissions at hospitals. Besides the big decrease in the number of admissions, there had also been a significant drop in the number of patients in category Three and above.
All these proved that the national immunization programme which is part of the National Recovery Plan, had yielded positive results with situations at government hospitals very much under control. When he was the caretaker prime minister, Muhyiddin made a decision to roll back movement controls, relaxing the standard operating procedures for those who have been fully vaccinated, allowing them to dine in and other associated measures. The following day, the palace announced that it had picked Ismail as the new prime minister.
Muhyiddin is not one who will claim credit for himself. He is not one who will go around, claiming the rakyat needed him. He is a person of action, not just empty talk. After he left office amidst heavy shelling and condemnation against his handling of Covid-19, he continued playing his role as ex-prime minister, visiting petty traders and hawkers in areas in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
He is the National Recovery Council chairman with ministerial status but without remuneration. He is not going to enjoy the status for this important position and all the perks and privileges that come with it, including salaries, allowances and other benefits which easily totalled over RM50,000 a month. He made it clear that he would lead the council as volunteer not seeking remuneration.
The trust bestowed on him by the government was something he takes seriously and it was such an honour that he said he would perform his duties voluntarily. His appointment will serve as a continuity of the job that he started, in line with his experience in managing the health crisis when he was prime minister.
The goal of true leadership is delivering results and that often requires unpopular decisions that can only be proven right over time. Of course, positive outcomes are hard to envision but his string of unprecedented, bold, most of the time, unpopular decisions, are now seeing results. To me (I am a student at a public university), he certainly is the right person to see the Plan through and guide us through this transitional period of crisis management to normalization and full-scale recovery.
Bukit Antarabangsa, Ampang