RETIRED DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has branded as “utter rubbish” the recent claim of Bersatu Youth chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal that Malaysia lost control of the COVID-19 pandemic because the then Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration made the mistake in February 2020 by being slow in barring tourists from risky countries.
This is because the PH government was toppled by the infamous Sheraton Move political conspiracy in that month and secondly, the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia was under control until National Day 2020.
“Malaysia lost control of the COVID-19 pandemic when the Perikatan Nasional (PN) was power-greedy and forced the holding of the Sabah state general election in September 2020,” asserted the veteran lawmaker and former Iskandar Puteri MP in his latest blog.
“We are in an era where there are people who believe it is possible to make a wrong into a right. This is most apparent in the social media, as lately there has been in circulation WhatsApp of past events passing off as current events.
“In the modern era of information technology, it is easier to try to rewrite history and whitewash the sins of the past.”
Dishing out the truth to refresh the memory of people brainwashed by the untruth, Kit Siang who was a major critic of the then ‘backdoor’ government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, pointed to the very fact that in the National Day month of August 2020, Malaysia had 364 COVID-19 cases and two deaths from the pandemic.
“But in the National Day month of August 2021, Malaysia had more than 630,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 7,400 deaths – an exponential increase of 17,000 times for the number of COVID-19 cases and more than, 3,700 times the COVID-19 deaths!” claimed then former Opposition leader.
“And that was after the first ‘backdoor’ prime minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin illegitimately, illegally and unconstitutionally suspended Parliament on January 11, 2021 when Malaysia had cumulative total of 138,224 COVID-19 cases and 555 COVID-19 deaths.”
Six months later when Muhyiddin resigned as ‘backdoor’ PM, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases was over 10 times more, reaching nearly 1.5 million case and the cumulative total of COVID-19 deaths were 24 times more with over 13,000 COVID-19 deaths.
“Yet Bersatu and PN want to rewrite history and claimed that Muhyddin’s greatest success was to conquer the COVID-19 pandemic when the truth was opposite – it was Muhyiddin’s greatest failure,” lamented Kit Siang.
“When Muhyddin claimed during the 15th General Election (GE15) that ‘only a few died’ as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic under his premiership, it was his most irresponsible statement – second only to his 2010 statement that he was ‘Malay first’ and not ‘Malaysian first’.” – Jan 3, 2023
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