Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Covid-19 pandemic
Muhyiddin Yassin

KOTA SAMARAHAN – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, the government is spending a lot to combat the Covid-19 pandemic because it is important to save lives and the national economy.

According to the Prime Minister, the pandemic is very challenging because it posed a threat to people’s lives and battered the economy, forcing the government to spend huge amount of money to buy medicines, ensure enough hospital beds and increase the number of doctors and nurses.

“We are doing this because saving every life matters. The government has already spent RM7 billion to RM8 billion to overcome the Covid-19 problem, and this figure does not include the money for buying vaccines,” he said at a meet-the-people session at the Institute of Teachers Education (IPG) Tun Abdul Razak Campus here today.

He said, the government had to act fast to book vaccines for the national immunisation programme because the people’s lives are previous.

Muhyiddin expressed satisfaction with Sarawak’s vaccination programme and promised to ask the Health Ministry to send more Covid-19 vaccines to the state.

He said, the country had remained peaceful and united despite grappling with the unprecedented challenges posed by the spread of Covid-19 for the past year.

Muhyiddin said, he had to deal with the pandemic, the moment he took over the country’s administration after the previous Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned following a political crisis.

“A decision had to be taken to enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO), so that the people would remain safe in facing the pandemic, throughout the country. Although its impact was great, its aim was to protect the people,” he said.

He also said that the government had to strike a balance between protecting lives and livelihood as the country suffered losses of RM2.4 billion per day during the MCO last year, which caused almost all sectors of the economy to be shut.

The government had announced various aid packages worth RM300 billion to help groups impacted by the pandemic and the situation is recovering as almost all sectors of the economy is back in operation, with the exception for industries such as tourism, he added. -BERNAMA