马来西亚是否沦为恶棍当道、失败的国家? #zh

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引自 林吉祥

在首相依斯迈沙比里昨天在国会面无表情地望着读稿机发表他的第12马来西亚计划,以推介第12马来西亚计划时,我却不能不望着两名前首相,其中一名已经向国会呈上两次的五年一期的马来西亚计划,而另外一名原本应该站在讲台上发表这个第12马来西亚计划,只是他却在一个多月前被他昔日的政治盟友拉下台。

他们都坐在同一排,虽然每人都间隔一个位子。但他们却没有彼此交流,还有一名前首相却仿佛远在天边。

这名前首相曾经在1981年至2001年之间向国会呈上五个五年一期的马来西亚计划。他昨天却缺席国会,否则揣测他在聆听依斯迈的演讲时在想什么是极为有趣的。

其实还有一名国会议员理应呈上第12马来西亚计划,要不是2020年2月的喜来登行动阴谋的话,它否定了2018年5月9日的第十四届大选人民的授权,并开启了马来西亚的非法及后门政府的年代,为了保住政权而无所不用其极,包括颁布违宪的紧急状态。

这名国会议员成为首相的机会是否会在2022年或2023年的第十五届大选临到呢?

无论如何,马来西亚目前迎来了新的政治面貌,这是因为首相依斯迈沙比里与希望联盟领袖安华、林冠英、莫哈末沙布和威菲烈德在2021年9月10日签署了信任-供应-改革(CSR)谅解备忘录(MOU),如此全体国会议员才能专注在打赢这场新冠肺炎抗疫战,它已经导致超过200万宗的病例和超过2万5000人感染死亡。这份备忘录也重起体制和国会改革,为经济、社会和国家复苏铺路。

随着昨天所推介的第12马来西亚计划,马来西亚要应对新挑战。

马来西亚是否能够如浴火凤凰般涅槃重生,克服过去的挫折和灾祸,还是她会沦为恶棍当道、贼狼当道和失败的国家,正如新冠肺炎瘟疫所预示的,马来西亚在这场疫情中成为世界上其中一个表现最差劲的国家?


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What the new normal looks like

SINCE the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, this column has discussed “lives vs livelihoods” and the “new normal”.

Frankly speaking, all of us had no idea about the extent of the damage caused by the virus on the loss of lives, economic carnage and the drastic changes to social behavior and our way of life.

To be fair, most governments had no clue either on how to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and the solutions were really on a “trial and error” basis, with public health policies taking precedence over economic policies.

Lockdown after lockdown has been implemented in trying to slow down the infections, but at a great cost to the economic and mental health of the citizens.

All these sacrifices would have been in vain if the approval for the vaccines had not been fast-tracked and the vaccination rate of the larger population had not been accelerated.

Malaysia is one of the few countries with a high vaccination rate, thanks to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who has been responsible for the procurement and the vaccination programme.

By next week, 90% of our adult population would have received two doses of the vaccine. The government intends to allow inter-state travel and probably move the country into phase four of the National Recovery Plan or NRP.

The standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be simplified to the basic task of wearing masks, cleaning hands and social distancing of at least one metre. Citizens will be encouraged to self test, self isolate and self behave.

Having declared that this virus is now endemic to our society, we all must learn to live with Covid-19 and all its mutated variants.

Covid-19 will be treated like just any other serious disease such as dengue and other viral infections. It is now the collective responsibility of individuals and society to self manage in the prevention of the spread of the virus.

The “new normal” will most likely have the following scenarios:

Public health policies contained within the SOPs. The enforcement of the SOPs will be carried out by the Health Ministry. There will be no more lockdowns; only targeted EMCOs at outbreak clusters.

Hopefully, the enforcement officers will play an active role in advising errant businesses and individuals for not adhering to the SOPs and only issue compounds and fines to repeat offenders. No other ministries will be involved.

As the largest employer, the government must take the lead in ensuring a safe workplace by insisting that all civil servants be fully vaccinated before they are allowed back to work. Self tests for all employees every two weeks should be introduced. All frontliners at hospitals should be tested every week.

Employers in the private sector should follow the government’s lead by creating a safe environment for all staff. They should be fully vaccinated and tested every two weeks.

Yes, there will be an increase in the health cost, but it is better than being closed down or being told to operate at 50% capacity.

Employees have to play their part too. To ensure safety of all colleagues, they must be fully vaccinated and dutifully take a test every two weeks.

A safe workplace for all takes precedence over individual preference and needs. Any employee who does not follow the safety rules of the company should leave the company.

For food and beverage and retail outlet operators, it is crucial that they look after the safety of all their customers. Customers must feel safe visiting their outlets or might not return forever.

It is similar to having a clean and hygienic kitchen if you want to have repeat business. So, follow the simple SOPs diligently.

With businesses returning to normal, the biggest issue facing management is the new norm of working from home (WFH). Employees who enjoyed WFH will insist that this privilege be extended.

Management will face many arguments, from having aged parents at home to claiming no loss of productivity to being afraid of getting infected at the workplace. I see two possible solutions for management.

The first is a free-for-all scenario. Employees have the choice of WFH or working in the office (WIO). No employee is discriminated. This is the new workplace culture that the management wants to practise.

The second is having all staff back to WIO. Employers can plan an alternate-week WIO programme or have a 100% WIO policy. If you look at any appointment letter, you will see the working hours and place of work clearly stated besides other terms of employment.

These are the terms of employment which the employee had accepted. The management has the right to enforce the terms of the employment accordingly, which is all legal and above board.

I would advise employers not to practise selective WFH for certain employees. This is discriminatory and will create all kinds of problems for the management.

I am no expert in human resource legal matters but I have a good understanding of human nature and its reaction to being unfairly treated. It is better to lose a stubborn employee than to lose control of the team.

Employers/management must have a clear and decisive policy when it impacts the company culture and team morale. No individual is bigger than the team.

Discipline lost takes much effort to regain. Strong and decisive leadership is essential to steer the company through this pandemic.

Assuming the government removes all the restrictions of the last 18 months, all businesses will operate freely again with a few simple public health SOPs to follow.

Citizens too will follow the same SOPs. This is the new normal until the virus disappears from the air that we breathe.

We must all take collective responsibility to stay safe as we resume our normal life. Always remember that when the person next to you is safe, then you too will stay safe.

Real freedom is when no mask needs to be worn.

Until then, wear your mask, clean your hands and get your booster shots.


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