National Recovery Council chairman Muhyiddin Yassin today urged Malaysians to unite in the fight against Covid-19, saying the last thing the country needs is more polemics, political or social divisions to distract them from the task at hand.
“I strongly urge all Malaysians to be united. We must put aside all differences whether in politics, business, society or family to combine our collective might in this fight against Covid-19,” he said in his closing address at the National Recovery Summit held virtually today.
He said the council would take note of the views and proposals raised at today’s summit and thoroughly assess the feedback received.
The former prime minister also said that the war against Covid-19 could only be won by continuously prioritising a whole-of-nation approach, encompassing all sectors and groups in the country.
“It is an inclusive approach involving the whole of society working together to fight this war. Hence, the participation of the government, private sector, NGOs, doctors, healthcare workers and volunteers is essential for it to succeed,” he said.
Muhyiddin also said speed was of the essence as the Delta variant was behind the spike in cases not just in Malaysia but across the world.
He cautioned Malaysians against letting their guard down, saying they must be vigilant against the constantly evolving threats of the virus to the nation.
“We must constantly improve our Covid-19 pandemic management, especially in infusing new technologies and consistently upgrading our physical and digital response capacity in testing, tracing, and isolating,” he said.