Malaysia Dateline

5 reasons why Mahiaddin’s “National Recovery Plan” is no plan

Fifteen months have passed since the World Health Organization first declared Covid-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. During this period, many countries have been swift in taking the necessary measures to help their citizens weather this unprecedented crisis.

On the other hand, Mahiaddin only prepares a National Recovery Plan (NRP) almost 1.5 years after the pandemic has brought Malaysia to its knees. Even so, this was most likely in response to the Conference of Rulers meeting the very next day about the state of the nation, not because Mahiaddin actually had a plan.

In a recent statement, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang states five reasons why Mahiaddin’s National Recovery Plan is no plan for recovery.

Firstly, the NRP should have been drawn up at the very start of the pandemic, not fifteen months later when Malaysia has gone through hell and high water!

This shows just how unprepared and unwilling Mahiaddin and PN have been in responding to crisis. More than one year later, and they have still learnt absolutely nothing from their pathetic failures and unfathomable incompetence.

Clearly, Mahiaddin’s government has shown that it is a government only capable of reacting to things as they unfold, not one that anticipates and prevents from the onset.

Secondly, the NRP does not actually outline how the nation can recover from the pandemic post Covid-19.

Mahiaddin’s so-called plan merely offers technical guidelines on how to move from one phase to another and the extent to which different sectors can open at each stage. This isn’t even a proper exit plan for Covid-19, let alone a roadmap for national recovery!

Thirdly, Mahiaddin has failed to explain why PN has done so horribly in containing the pandemic despite Malaysia declaring a state of emergency on 11 January 2021.

Covid-19 cases have only worsened during the emergency, with May being the deadliest month for the country since the pandemic began. How can Malaysia possibly recover if the PN government won’t even stop to reflect where it went wrong in managing the pandemic or how it can do better?

Fourthly, Mahiaddin’s NRP is marred by his government’s shameless refusal in immediately reconvening Parliament and the various State Assemblies.

This is despite the fact that the King has expressly stated that Parliament should be reconvened as soon as possible. Yet, PN shows no regard for what the King has said and no urgency in acting upon it.

Lastly, Mahiaddin’s plans have an undeniable track record of constantly changing, flip-flopping, and U-turning.

The only consistency is that there is no consistency at all, nor is there a real end-goal in mind. How can Malaysians be sure that the NRP won’t be subjected to the usual last minute changes and reversals that now characterize PN’s failed governance?

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Therefore, for as long as we have a government that has zero intention of actually serving the people or saving our nation, national recovery will remain nothing but just a dream.