Devising recovery plan not like giving out AP

21 Jun 2021 / 21:53 H.

    FORMER minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz was quick to criticise the government’s Covid-19 recovery plan. She admitted that the government had a plan but not a strategy moving forward.

    To me this is nitpicking from a former politician and really does not appreciate the practicality of the prime minister’s National Recovery Plan. Call it a “plan” or “strategy”, or whatever you want, but at least the framework now is clearer.

    As a business operator in Seremban, I appreciate the government’s plan and framework to move forward in phases. It is more transparent and, I believe if executed properly, will see an orderly transition from one phase to the other.

    Moreover, in order to progress from one phase to the other, we need to fulfil the criteria of three main indicators – daily positive cases, rate of intensive care unit capacity available and percentage of population completing the second dose.

    I am no expert in public health, but I believe that the three indicators are fair KPIs to meet to move forward.

    It is practical yet cautious. Rolling out a recovery plan for a nation so battered by the twin public health and economic crises is not as easy as distributing Approved Permits (AP) for foreign cars.

    The national recovery plan is progressive – taking us forward to an “exit” and not regressive like a tier system, where you can move forward and backward from one tier to the other like in the UK previously.

    The previous “lockdown only” strategy adopted by the government was acceptable at first but after more than a year, it simply is not sustainable.

    It is an endless cycle of lockdown, when cases go up, and relax when cases go down, and lockdown again when cases go up.

    It has been very disruptive for business. For a business operator in a non-essential business like myself, it was very difficult to plan ahead and in the end my business has suffered and I am sure many others in business can relate to this.

    So Tan Sri Rafidah, criticise all you want whether this plan is with or without strategy, but to me it is practical and timely.

    Ronald Gan



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