COMMENT | Call for creative Covid-19 solutions

Andrew Sia

Modified 1 Jun 2020, 10:54 pm

COMMENT | The latest soap opera twists in Malaysian politics can be entertaining, what with yet another leaked audio recording, rumours of a counter-coup against the back door government, and the betrayals at Bersatu (united), which is now behaving more like Berpecah (broken).

But, gripping as the political circus may be, let’s force ourselves to turn to a serious problem - how can our economy and society recover from Covid-19?

I would like to suggest learning from how the United States launched a huge, bold New Deal recovery program to create lots of new jobs to tackle the Great Depression of the 1930s. This was done by a leader many believe to be the USA’s greatest President, Franklin Roosevelt.

Malaysia’s official unemployment rate for March stands at 3.9 percent or 600,000 people (not including the prolonged MCO of April) according to the government’s own Department of Statistics, which said that number may rise to...

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