PETALING JAYA: It is impossible to move to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) just by looking at the number of daily Covid-19 cases, says Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin.
He said the government would only move to Phase 2 if the number of daily cases falls below 4,000, meaning that out of every 100,000 population, there would only be 12 cases.
“How is this going to be achieved? If we consider the Klang Valley, these numbers are impossible and unrealistic. Right now, there are 7,000 cases a day. When will we move to Phase 2?” he asked during a press conference at Parliament.
Sim said focusing on the number of cases would pose a huge problem for businesses to reopen.
“Looking at the numbers, it will be impossible for them to do so. The NRP has been a failure and it is hoped that the government addresses this in Parliament,” he said.
He also said that based on a report by the health ministry, many states were in crisis because of the low number of beds in the intensive care units (ICUs).
He said half of the states had reached a capacity limit of 200% and this was “very shocking”.
“For example, in Selangor, it was found that in May, the number of ICU beds only increased by 250, and in June, 300 were added. The report showed that the request for ICU beds far exceeded the number of beds provided.
“The government needs to take this issue seriously. People are suffering, there are not enough ICU beds especially in the Klang Valley,” he said.
However, he complimented the ministry for being transparent with its reports as they would show the people how critical the state of ICU capacity was in public hospitals.
On the revocation of the Emergency ordinances (EOs), Sim said this would cause a huge implication to the health sector.
He said the government used the Emergency ordinances to negotiate the terms of handling ICU capacity by sending patients to private hospitals, and also the prices of vaccines, among others.
“Since the EOs have been revoked out of the blue, the government has lost its bargaining power with private hospitals and private companies. They cannot use them to negotiate anymore.
“This shows the government’s failure to do things the proper way. The ministry has to explain the implications to the health sector,” he said.