Evaluate Malaysia’s handling of COVID-19 objectively

By Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj, Focus Malaysia

FRANKLY, I am getting a little tired of the lack of objectivity in the discussions of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia.

For those who persist in calling the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government a “backdoor government”, every single bit of information is presented in a manner to support the notion that the PN is totally incompetent.

For example, there was a chart circulating on social media a few days ago showing that Malaysia’s daily rate of new cases per million population was the highest in the world, with an accompanying comment about the ineptness of the PN administration.

The pandemic is following a waxing and waning pattern across the world. There are waves of infections occurring on and off in various countries.

While the statistics shown in the chart above are correct as far as Malaysia’s case incidence is concerned, it is not sufficient basis to give a balanced evaluation of the Malaysian government’s handling of the pandemic up till now.

Let me share with you some figures that give a far better basis to evaluate Malaysia’s performance.