JELI: The government administration is still functioning well in working towards economic recovery and ensuring the people are protected during the Covid-19 pandemic, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said despite the shortcomings, every leader in the country was open to criticism and views of various parties, especially subject matter experts, in efforts to overcome weaknesses.

“A failed government means it has become paralysed, but Alhamdulillah, in Malaysia, the public administration and institutions, including the private sector, are still operating as usual.

“We (the government) are not perfect, and we will continue to discuss and address the health and economic crises because the people expect the leaders to protect them, ” he told reporters after the distribution of food baskets under the People’s Well​-Being and Economic Recovery Package (Pemulih) at Kampung Berdang here yesterday.

Mustapa was commenting on a Bloomberg report which ranked Malaysia 51st in its Covid-19 Resilience Ranking among 53 economies, which ranks individual countries on their success at containing the virus with the least amount of social and economic disruption.

Elaborating further, the Jeli MP said the government would do its best for the sake of the country to formulate various strategies, in addition to implementing the assistance packages announced earlier.

On the food basket programme, Mustapa said 6, 000 baskets would be distributed within one week throughout the Jeli parliamentary constituency through the sub-district heads, mosques and community leaders to the needy.

“The Jeli MP community service centre had distributed 33, 800 food baskets to residents affected by Covid-19 since March 2020, and the aid will continue to ensure there is food on the table for everyone.

“Anyone in Jeli parliamentary constituency who is in need or has been left out can seek assistance from the Jeli MP community service centre, ” said Mustapa. — Bernama

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