也是 民都鲁省华人社团联合会活动看板 FORCA #名誉会长 的 #黄益隆 日前为民都鲁省华总第16届第2次会员代表大会主持开幕时，呼吁朝野政党和人民，在此非常时期都应以国家利益为重，放下不必要的政见与歧见，一起抗疫和拼经济，才是上策。
Huazong: Instead of playing politics, both Govt and opposition should work together to fight Covid-19 and to stimulate economy
In view of continued ‘flare-ups’ of Covd-19 in the country, the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) has again cautioned the government against holding elections during this period of time.
Its Secretary-general, Dato’ Dr Wong Aik Loung underscored that whether it is the much talked-about nationwide snap election, or the imminent Sarawak state election, both are inappropriate during this extraordinary time of a deadly pandemic.
He noted that, even the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had recently acknowledged that the recently concluded Sabah state election was partly to be blamed for the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the country.
“Hence, this should be regarded as a terse reminder for all quarters not to repeat the same devastating mistake,” said Dr Wong.
Dr Wong who is also the Honorary President of the Federation of Registered Chinese Associations (FORCA) Bintulu Division said this while officiating at the association’s second 16th annual general meeting (AGM), on Sunday.
Besides this, he also called on all quarters, including political parties from both sides of the divide, to set aside their political differences and to work together for the best interest of the country, especially in fighting against the Covid-19 outbreak and to keep the economy going.
He acknowledged that the entire world has been devastated by the deadly pandemic, with our nation now experiencing the third wave of the pandemic with a record high number of confirmed infections over the last one week. This has again seriously impacted on our economy and the people’s livelihood.
“If we are forced to implement Movement Control Order 2.0 (MCO 2.0), it would certainly trigger a lot of issues. As we have all seen the devastating impact the first MCO has had on almost all economic sectors and businesses, it’s indeed dreadful to imagine for how long the government can afford to provide us with all the necessary assistance, if we are to implement MC0 2.0.
“Currently, many countries are still reeling from the devastating impact of the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic, with some countries in economic crisis. If we are to start all over again, many businesses may not survive!” he said.
He also paid tribute to all those fighting in the frontline, our medical personnel especially, for risking their lives to keep us safe.
Dr Wong thus called on the people to continue to give their full support and cooperation to the government’s ongoing efforts of fighting the pandemic, and to strictly adhere to the recommended or mandated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), such as wearing face mask, keeping social distance in public places, washing hands regularly, and to avoid going out unless necessary.
Meanwhile, he also underscored the important roles of Chinese organizations in the country, especially citing their indispensible role in uniting and speaking up for the Chinese community.
He was convinced that their existence would continue to remain relevant and their roles would not diminish amidst the strong current of rapid developments.
Besides this, he also commended FORCA for its significant contributions to the local Chinese community, in terms of culture and education developments, since its inception in 1987. Among others, it has established an education trust fund to provide study loans and rewards to those needy and underprivileged students.
During this trying time, the Federation together with its member associations also helped raised more than RM60,000 in aid of fighting Covid-19.