PM to chair NRC to steer Malaysia out of Covid-19 crisis

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PETALING JAYA: A National Recovery Council (NRC) chaired by the Prime Minister will be set up to ensure that the recovery plan to steer the country out of the Covid-19 crisis will proceed smoothly, says the Finance Ministry.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz (pic) said this council will replace the special cabinet committee on the National Recovery Plan (JKKPPN).

“The council is to ensure that the implementation of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) will run smoothly and it will also strengthen strategies to control the Covid-19 pandemic holistically,” he said in a statement on Friday (July 16).

He said this was decided during the JKKPPN’s second meeting which took place on Friday.

The NRP coordinating minister added that it was also decided that the NRP will be presented to Parliament on July 26.

“Taking a whole-of-nation approach, the NRC will appoint representatives from the private sector, industry experts, and NGOs to share their experience and advice in various aspects of the NRP.

“This is to enable Malaysia to exit from this pandemic in a systematic and safe way,” he said.

He added that the meeting also decided the following action plans:

Improving SOP based on feedback from others, including subject matter experts, in line with the effort to strengthen clarity of SOPs and level of compliance

Introducing eased restrictions for those who have gotten two doses of vaccines

Considering eased restrictions for companies who have fully vaccinated their workers by allowing them to operate fully

Zafrul also said the MPN it will make considerations and recommendations on the next steps for improvement, to ensure that the transition from one phase to the next will be achieved as soon as possible.

“Moving forward, the government will bolster strategies to control the Covid-19 pandemic in a holistic manner by giving a focus to factors such as the mobility or activity rate; infectivity rate and periods; risky population and the robustness of the public healthcare capacity.

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