Malaysia on right track, says think tank CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: The nation is on the right track towards recovery despite the sudden change of government, an analyst said.

Institut Masa Depan Malaysia chief executive officer Azril Mohd Amin said National Recovery Council chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had given much-needed impetus and assurance to the nation that Malaysia’s battle against Covid-19 had not been derailed by the recent change of government leadership.

“Indeed, it is heartening to note that the exceptionally pragmatic and holistic approach to the crisis which had been taken by Muhyiddin when he was prime minister will proceed as planned before,” Azril said.

He said Muhyiddin’s approach saw almost two-thirds of the Malaysian population receiving financial assistance, businesses supported and those in need have been sheltered from the worst economic downturn.

“Most importantly, the overwhelming majority of the population have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and we are well ahead on our way to achieve herd immunity through the implementation of the National Immunisation Programme rolled out early this year.”

Azril said Muhyiddin in his closing address of the National Recovery Summit reiterated the way forward for short-, medium-, and long-term plans and measures that had been previously outlined during his administration.

Azril said Muhyiddin’s exit strategy from the pandemic if followed and implemented diligently, could transform a disaster into an opportunity.

“The detailed and incremental plan on supporting small-and medium-sized entrepreneurs and the hardest-hit sectors of the economy, continued assistance for the people, concerted efforts to attract foreign and domestic direct investments and proliferation of new technologies and digitisation will undeniably lead to the emergence of a new Malaysia that will be even more equitable, sustainable, and stronger than we were before the crisis.”

Date: 10 September 2021
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