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华总会长丹斯里吴添泉:一旦重施行管令政府应再推出关怀人民经济配套

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华总会长丹斯里吴添泉认为,如果政府因冠病疫情恶化而被迫重新实施行动管制令的话,也有必要再次推出关怀人民振兴经济配套与一系列生活援助津贴,协助企业商家和人民共赴时艰。

他说,以目前国家财务能力、经济负成长、企业商家和人民的经济状况而言,重施行管令将是一项更沉重、更挑战和更大的打击!

他呼吁全民与卫生部及相关部门机构全面配合,积极抗疫,以确保这条没有回头的路,不要再走回头。

吴添泉是针对首相丹斯里慕尤丁日前通过电视直播提醒国人,如果冠病确诊病例再大幅度增加,政府将被迫重新实施行动管制令的言论而发表文告作出反应。首相针对我国的冠病疫情最新情况发表谈话时坦言,过去增加的冠病确诊病例令他感到担忧,因为病毒传播链仍未断:“对我们的生活和国家经历来说,后果肯定是糟糕的,我们不可以去任何地方,只能待在家,就如现在在吉打哥打士打正在实行的(针对性加强行管令)那样。”

吴添泉说,我国确诊病例昨天已经突破1万人大关,目前每天徘徊在个位数、双位数或甚至三位数,国内一些地区尤其是沙巴州斗湖和拿笃,以及吉打州哥打士打因出现新的感染群体而被列为红区并被落实行政式加强行动管制令(PKPDP),同时也面对来自国外病例的威胁,情况不容乐观。

他说,疫情也为目前面对州选举的沙巴州带来挑战,尤其是提名日过后出现的多角战空前剧烈选情,这些都是值得各造高度关切的。

他说,全民有必要配合政府展开的一系列积极抗疫行动,遵守标准作业程序,勤洗手,戴口罩,保持人身距离和关注自身与家人健康 等,都是不可松懈的日常。

马来西亚中华大会堂总会(华总)也提出以下5点建议:

1:一旦重新实施行动管制令(PKP)的话,政府有必要再次推出“关怀人民振兴经济配套”与一系列生活援助津贴。
2:即将来临的明年度财政预算案中,政府有必要为继续应对疫情和抗疫方面,提供相关的拨款支援,尤其是卫生部的软硬体实施方面。
3:政府应继续聚焦为无法复工领域提供支援,如自动延长工资补贴、暂缓还贷、税务优惠和员工生活津贴等,协助业者与员工度过寒冬。
4:加强关注企业商家复工复产以及人民失业问题,提供所需支援。
5:关注与纠正市场上可能出现的不符合卫生或防疫标准的口罩品质。

Huazong: Govt must extend aid package if MCO is reintroduced

If the Covid-19 situation in the country worsened and there’s a need to reintroduce the Movement Control Order (MCO), the government should again extend the Prihatin aid package to assist the people and businesses to get through the tough time, said Tan Sri T.C Goh, president of Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong).

He acknowledged that with the nation’s current challenging financial position, negative economic growth, a gloomy business climate and a vast majority of the people struggling to stay afloat, it would be extremely challenging and unfavourable for the government to reintroduce the MCO.

He thus called on the people to fully cooperate with the Ministry of Health and the relevant authorities in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, so as to ensure there’s no turning back to square one.

He urged this while responding to the live telecast message of Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in which he cautioned that if the Covid-19 situation gets worse, the government may be compelled to reintroduce the MCO. The prime minister was obviously concerned with the spike in Covid-19 cases in the country of late, a clear indication that we are not out of the woods yet.

Likewise, Goh was also concerned with the fact that the number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia has surpassed 10,000 cases, with daily cases hovering between single digit to three digits; certain districts in Sabah like Tawau and Lahad Datu, and Peninsular Malaysia like Kedah and Kota Setar too had seen a spike in Covid-19 infections and the government had to impose the Enhanced MCO there to contain the situation. At the same time, the country is also facing the potential threat of imported cases.

Goh who is also the President of The FCAS also expressed great concern over the potential threat posed by the pandemic on the ongoing Sabah state election, which is seeing an unprecedented huge number of candidates in multiple corner fights.

He thus reminded the people to continue to vigorously adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) mandated by the government, which include wearing of facemasks in public places, keeping social distance, and maintaining good personal hygiene all the time.

Meanwhile, Huazong also rolled out a five-points proposal for the government’s consideration as follows:

1. To extend the Prihatin aid package to help the people to cope with the pandemic, if it is forced to reintroduce the MCO.
2. To allocate sufficient funds in the 2021 Budget to better equip the Ministry of Health with necessary facilities and equipment, in order to better contain the pandemic.
3. To continue to focus on helping economic sectors which are still unable to resume operations, by providing them with necessary aids like extension of wage subsidy scheme, moratorium on corporate and personal loan repayment, tax rebate and living allowance for affected operators and employees.
4. To pay serious attention to businesses in need of support to get back on track, and to provide necessary assistance to those who have been laid off, to enable them to get through this difficult time.
5. To closely monitor and take appropriate actions against the sale of sub standard surgical masks in the market.

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