Are We Really Ready To Move Into The Endemic Phase, Questions Lim Kit Siang

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  • Lim Kit Siang, recently questioned the government’s decision in stating that the nation is ready to move to the endemic phase, claiming that it’s difficult to come to this decision without good data available.
  • He chided the act of some ministers claiming that 70% of individuals being vaccinated would enable the country to reopen as soon as it’s achieved.

Are We Really Ready To Move Into The Endemic Phase, Questions Lim Kit Siang

We do know that an endemic is a disease that is prevalent in or restricted to a particular location, region, or population. Well, since Malaysia is striving to transition towards it, this might come out as a huge joy for individuals nationwide because, now, they could be relieved that their efforts to stay confined in their houses have not gone to waste. However, this abrupt decision has raised the concern of many individuals including veteran DAP politician, Lim Kit Siang. 

He recently questioned the government’s decision in stating that the nation is ready to move to the endemic phase. Claiming that it’s difficult to come to this decision without good data available, he expressed his worry over whether the country is truly ready to be reopened or otherwise. He said, “From whatever data that we have to compare, it does look like the new cases have reduced by about 10 percent. The deaths have not and the positive rates remain about the same. Basically, the signals are mixed. I can see that the Government is planning to open up the country soon. They have repeatedly said that they want us to learn to live with the virus and that to have ‘zero Covid-19’ is an impossibility. But are we ready to open up and ‘live with the virus’? Have we provided adequate protection for the vulnerable?”

Adding on to these statements, he chided the act of some ministers claiming that 70% of individuals being vaccinated would enable the country to reopen as soon as it’s achieved. Lim also sent a strong reminder to the governing leaders to look up to countries such as Israel, Iceland, and even Singapore in terms of health crisis management. 

A valid point raised was when Lim said,  “We are all for opening up, as the economy is badly damaged. But no point opening up carelessly and then needing to lockdown again.” This had indeed occurred previously, at the end of last year, which had resulted in a sharp spike in cases, subsequently forcing interstate borders to be closed down within a few months of reopening them. Lim further cited a medical expert who said that the country has gone through a difficult week in trying to keep track of Covid-19 statistics.

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Reaffirming his stance, he said, “This week has been tough to keep track of what the new sheriff in town is doing. It certainly looks like he is trying to revamp the whole reporting system of testing which affects the new case numbers and also the positivity rates. He is also ‘clearing’ the death backlog which accounts for the often erratic numbers that we see. And the fact that these numbers are reported on different days, makes things more confusing.”

Lim’s statement comes into light after talks about reopening the international and interstate travel bubble was widely talked about not only by the general public but also the ministers. Nevertheless, hopefully, medical experts would step up to advise the nation’s leaders on the best step possible, to secure both the livelihoods and the lives of fellow Malaysians.

This article first appeared in Malay Mail. This is an adaptation for Healtiyer Newsreaders.

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