KUCHING: Is Malaysia descending into a failed state? On July 9, a Bloomberg Opinion columnist Daniel Moss suggested that Malaysia may be relegated to the status of a failed state.
In response to that, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said the statement was far from reality.
He did not deny that the country was beset by multiple crises due mainly to the pandemic and the movement control order (MCO).
However, unlike Somalia, Myanmar and some countries in Latin America which are failed states, Malaysia still has a functioning civil service and society.
Rebutting Moss’s opinion, Mohd Redzuan said, “There is still law and order while the government and its delivery systems are also functioning.”
Aida Yasmin Azhar (Researcher)
Malaysia is not a failed state though the country is facing a serious threat to political, health and economic security. This can be mitigated by improving the country’s governance and vaccinate the population quickly.
Nalina Suria Ravi (External engagement and project management executive)
The possibility of Malaysia becoming a failed state is very worrying. I hope that the government will consider enforcing strict movement control order (MCO) like the first one last year.
Leandro Mcrae (Admin Executive)
Malaysia is not a failed state as it is currently developing and improving itself. The government only needs to improve on our current economy which is badly affected by the pandemic.
Deandra Faith (Wealth Planner)
The government needs to step up its efforts to improve the situation in various fronts — come up with better solutions. They could accept new ideas from the younger generation.
Tarania S Vallavan (Project Associate)
Malaysia is not yet a failed state, but can go down that road if it does not significantly stimulate its economy. The country is not in a totally helpless state.