KUALA LUMPUR: The government has given the assurance that the people’s welfare will be taken care of despite the country being in the midst of the movement control order (MCO) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said various strategies have been planned to ensure Malaysians are not denied necessary aid throughout this challenging period.
“The measures we are taking will have an impact on the people by making their lives more assured. What is the purpose of the government, if it is not to help and take care of the people? That is the top priority in any government.
“The efforts must be done with conviction as results from these measures taken will help improve their lives,” he said in a special interview aired over RTM, Astro Awani, TV3 and Bernama TV last night.
Muhyiddin said the issue of health was his main concern as he wanted to ensure that the people of Malaysia remained safe in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Describing it as an extraordinary challenge because the people had never faced such movement restrictions before, the prime minister said all measures taken by the government were aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly disease.
“To me, even one death is a big loss to the country. That is why the action we took concerning the public was primarily to contain the spread of this pandemic.
“It is for this reason that we enforced the MCO to ban gatherings, close schools, suspend industrial activities and (compel people to) stay at home. It is very unusual but I feel it helps our efforts in this fight (against COVID-19),” he added.
Muhyiddin said since assuming the post of prime minister, politics had taken a back seat in his mind because he believed the people were more interested to know what the government was doing to solve the country’s problems.
“Otherwise people might say he (Muhyiddin) is talking about his party, his coalition, his government, his legitimacy even before solving the Covid-19 problem. The people are not interested in this and they understand. When the time is right for explaining this, then we will explain.
“To me, this is a trust, a responsibility given by the people who want to see us function,” he added. – Bernama