UPKO Youth slams the weak and inconsistent implementation of the total lockdown

United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) Youth Chief, Felix Joseph Saang has slammed the government for being inconsistent and weak in handling the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

He said that the people are fed up with the uncertain and confusing decisions, as well as the ‘total lockdown’ implementation, which leaves much to be desired.

“The total lockdown should be fully implemented, not partially. However, what is happening now is that 128,150 companies have just been allowed to operate.

“Has the government still not learned from its experience? From the Movement Control Order (MCO) to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to many other types of MCO.

“Even an emergency has been declared. The cases should have dropped but we just heard that another 8,209 cases were recorded yesterday. The death toll is also very high,” he said in a statement.

Felix had also questioned that recent statistic issued by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), which showed an absurd movement of passengers during an emergency.

“According to the report, on April, a total of 548,000 international passengers and 1.4 million Malaysian passengers arrived in the country.

“This means that, in that month alone, the MAHB airport network recorded the entry of nearly two million people. This does not even include the other months.

“The people are all wondering. What is the meaning of an emergency? What is the real motive of the government? On top of that, almost all the shopping malls, entertainment centres, gambling centres, leisure centres, sports centres and public areas were open during the emergency. To me, this is the sign of a very embarrassing failure,” he said.

Felix, who is also the UPKO Beluran chief said that the failure of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) governments here in the Land Below The Wind is clearly seen in the confusing standard operating procedures (SOP).

“One minute you’re allowed to do this, the next you’re not. Another two days, it will change again. This didn’t only happen twice, it happened time and time again.

“They claimed that it’s a total lockdown, but the truth is, 1.57 million people have been allowed to work. This doesn’t even include the public’s movement.

“As an example, initially the permission to cross district could only be obtained from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). This was suddenly changed and now you can obtain the permission elsewhere (not just MITI).

“It’s like they are doing this in a half-hearted manner. There’s no detailed research. This shouldn’t be the case because this concerns the future of the country.

“Decisions should be made only after a thorough consideration of all aspects. If you want to impose a total lockdown, you must do it right. If you want to declare an emergency, you must do it right,” stressed Felix.

In view of this, Felix called on the leaders to take responsibility and admit their fault and to not blindly blame the people.

“There’s no denying that some had failed to adhere to the SOP. However, putting the blame in the people is wrong. The government has to be responsible in curbing the Covid-19 virus,” he said.

Separately, Felix had also asked the government to expedite the vaccination process, which is still very slow at the moment.

“This is yet another serious blunder on the part of the government. This caused the increase in the Covid-19 death toll in the country.

“Please solve this problem. Expedite the vaccination process. The RM5 billion allocation taken from then National Trust Fund (KWAN), which did not even go through Parliament, is enough to smoothen the vaccination process.

“I understand that the challenges that the government is facing. Now is not the time to point fingers and blame each other. But, we should not just keep quiet. The people are suffering because of the mistakes and failures of the government,” he said.

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