Pause the politicking, please

Emmanuel Joseph

A woman comforts her disabled daughter during Covid-19 screening in Kg Baru, Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday. Communications and instructions related to political appointments take up time and energy, and these resources should instead be devoted to ensuring the nation emerges from the coronavirus crisis intact. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, April 15, 2020.

POLITICS should take a back seat during times of national crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

This message was carried by the prime minister in his last few addresses calling for the country to stand united in the face of adversity. But somehow, the message seems to have been lost, with some leaders moving swiftly to replace political appointees, in most cases, when there was no urgent need to.

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