Covid-19: Lee Lam Thye urges cooperation from all levels

PETALING JAYA: As Covid-19 intensifies across the globe, Alliance for a Safe Community Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye says that cooperation from all levels of society is vital to address the effects of the crisis.

“The government does not have a monopoly on public health and safety. It is vested in all of us, the community.

“What is needed now is cooperation from all levels of society so that together we can recover from this crisis and work towards a safe and healthy Malaysia.”

In a statement issued on Saturday (March 14), Lee said the most important battle against the Covid-19 pandemic is the public understanding of accurate facts to dispel fake news that is counterproductive to the efforts of the Health Ministry.

At the same time, he also said that additional financial stimuli is needed to assist Malaysians to go through the effects of the economic crisis due to the pandemic.

“The RM20bil stimulus package announced earlier needs to be reviewed and revised upward to help those who are the hardest hit by Covid-19.

“The government needs to help not only the tourism industry but also many other sectors, including the importers and exporters, ” he said.

At the same time, Lee said effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic had to be addressed urgently with more intensive education and awareness programmes to mobilise the entire community to combat the crisis.

“The biggest challenge is how to deal with large clusters or community transmissions.

“This requires the fullest co-operation of the community in not participating in huge gatherings such as conferences or religious congregations to prevent the virus from taking hold.

“If the situation worsens, schools, colleges and universities may have to be closed.”

Lee also expressed confidence that the country has the necessary experience and expertise to handle the crisis.

“The frontline personnel are working double-time to give support to the recovery efforts.

“They are not only giving their time but also their lives to save fellow Malaysians and others. They are really our unsung heroes.”

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