Under the continued leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Chairman of the National Recovery Council, Malaysia is progressing towards the end of the Covid-19 crisis. By following Muhyiddin’s road map, first initiated during his tenure as Prime Minister, the country is achieving impressive wins against the pandemic.
The daily Covid-19 death rate has been sharply reduced in recent weeks, dropping nearly 70% since the beginning of August. The scale and efficiency of Muhyiddin’s vaccination rollout is a model for the region and has protected the population against the most severe manifestations of the virus.
Almost three-quarters of the entire adult population has already been fully vaccinated and 90% have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. Some 38.260 million doses of vaccines have been given nationwide since the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) was launched last February.
Malaysia is on track to achieve herd immunity by the end of October as Muhyiddin predicted while still Prime Minister. It is a remarkable feat that attests to his effectiveness and management prowess. Indeed, we are where we are today because of Muhyiddin’s wise and pragmatic vision since the onset of the pandemic, and his leadership of the NRC.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin never minced his words, never engaged in rhetoric but always spoke frankly and honestly to the nation – his promises were realistic and attached to practically achievable timeframes, and we are seeing the fulfilment of those promises today. Because of plans he set in motion during his tenure as PM, some Malaysian states are already progressing into advanced stages of recovery, with some moving into phases 3 and 4 while other countries in the region are still struggling to contain the spread of the virus, with no signs of recovery on the horizon.
Muhyiddin’s management of the economy has also proven to have been nothing short of exemplary – delivering RM530 billions of ringgits in relief and stimulus without incurring crippling debts. Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz announced that Malaysia continued to record a net inflow of foreign investor capital with a total of RM7.7 billion recorded for August 2021.
This net inflow of foreign investor capital was driven by stellar success of the National Recovery Plan which has improved the overall public health situation as well as allowed for the gradual reopening of the economy through the Immunization Program.
In the eventual hindsight of history, it is safe to predict that Muhyiddin will be credited with Malaysia’s triumphant navigation through the pandemic, and with steering the country to not only full public health and economic recovery but to real and sustainable improvements.
Unlike so many other nations around the world reeling from the impact of Covid-19, Malaysia is poised to emerge from the crisis stronger and better than ever before – thanks to his wisdom and approaches.
In his Malaysia Day address yesterday, Muhyiddin vowed to draw up even more comprehensive plans for the country’s recovery and the rejuvenation of all socioeconomic sectors. His meticulous and prudent approach to state-craft may not be exciting, it may not appeal to those who enjoy political theatrics, but it gets the job done and delivers real-world results that are desperately needed at this critical point in the life of our nation.
Muhyiddin is that rare breed of leader who cares little for fanfare and hype, and who, instead, focuses all his energy on achieving practical improvements in the lives of the rakyat. He has proven that his decisions are not politically motivated but are solely made for the benefit of the people.
He derives no personal or political advantages from the fact that hotel owners in Langkawi, for instance, are today enjoying nearly full occupancy in their establishments; but it is because of him.
The coming weeks and months will increasingly attest to Muhyiddin’s invaluable service to the nation, both during his administration and through his leadership of the NRC. He is truly the right man at the right time for Malaysia.
Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.