MP SPEAKS | Adham should stop his game of semantics

Lim Kit Siang

Modified 18 Apr 2021, 2:24 am

MP SPEAKS | Health Minister Dr Adham Baba should stop his game of semantics and focus on checking the increase in the daily Covid-19 cases and bringing it down.

Adham said the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia will not happen unless cases involving domestic or local transmission record zero in the current third wave before the number of cases increase sharply the next day.

Going by Adham’s definition of the fourth wave, that it can only occur when the country has succeeded in zeroing cases in the third wave, then there will never be a fourth wave in Malaysia.

Can Adham state how many days in the past year had the daily new Covid-19 cases in the country been zero?

Yesterday’s record of 2,331 new Covid-19 cases was the third day in a row since the daily new Covid-19 cases have risen above the 2,000 mark.

I call on Adham to stop his game of semantics because his stance would only increase the concern and even alarm Malaysians that the country would face the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic before we could bring the third wave (which started in September last year and is already one of the longest Covid-19 waves in the world) under control.

A strong case could be made that Malaysia would have been spared the second and third waves of the Covid-19 pandemic (let alone the fourth wave) if the Sheraton Move conspiracy had not toppled the legitimate, competent and democratic Pakatan Harapan federal government in February last year.

For more than a year, Malaysia has been the only country in the world that has operated without an effective and credible health minister to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now he has excelled himself, by claiming that Malaysia will not face a fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic unless the third wave in Malaysia recorded zero cases.

Is this Adham’s best answer to my call for the reconvening of Parliament to deal with a potential fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia?

No wonder the hashtag #KerajaanGagal is such a rage on Twitterjaya!

LIM KIT SIANG is DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri.

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