Time for frontliners to take well-deserved break, says Muhyiddin

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin hopes that Malaysia’s frontliners will soon not have to bear 100% of the burden and responsibilities on their shoulders.

PUTRAJAYA: The time has come for every Malaysian to be responsible for curbing the spread of Covid-19 and to allow the frontliners to have a little, but most deserved, break, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said.

He said that if the people were to play their part in complying with the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the health ministry, the burden shouldered by the frontliners might be reduced.

“For months, they have stepped forward and worked tirelessly as the frontliners. Slowly but surely, after this, every member of the public may have to take the responsibility to ensure that the virus will not continue to spread,” Muhyiddin said in a 30-minute video conference with representatives of the country’s frontliners who have been battling the pandemic today.

“For example, if all the precincts in Putrajaya are (categorised as) green zones, then the onus is on the people there to keep it that way.

“That is not the responsibility of the MOH or the frontliners. It is up to the residents in each precinct to take care and protect themselves so that the Covid-19 infection will not recur in their respective areas.”

Representatives from the health ministry, the armed forces, police, immigration, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Rela took part in the video conference.

Muhyiddin said local community leaders must ensure that measures were taken to look after their communities before the government finally decided to end the movement control order.

“The people must step forward and play their roles, too. This is the approach we are taking from now on so that our frontliners can relax a little after working non-stop to the extent of having no time to return home to cook ketupat (and prepare for Aidilfitri), let alone to help their wives because they have so many things to do.

“With the approach, which we will take in phases, I anticipate that, very soon, our frontliners will not have to carry 100% of the burden and responsibilities on their shoulders,” he said.

Muhyiddin also said he wanted the issue over late payment of the special monthly allowance for frontliners to be resolved soonest.

He said he raised the matter at a special National Security Council (MKN) meeting yesterday.

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