RONALD LEE: Is curbing the spread of COVID19 a matter of “Do as I say, and not as I do” to the government?
Back in February, the alert level was raised to DOSCORN Orange and the Health Ministry urged the cancellation or deferment of non-essential large-scale events.
Somehow, even with the elderly most at risk from COVID-19, the government has carried on with “non-essential large-scale events” such as this Merdeka Generation roadshow (pictured above).
That event was jointly-organised by the Health Promotion Board, which is under the purview of the Health Ministry.
To add insult to potential injury, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong then goes on a public rant blaming “socially irresponsible” individuals for putting others at risk.
The big problem, which is widely known, is that those affected with the coronavirus may not show any symptoms of illness.
So, would you expect those who feel well (though they might not be) to give events such as that Merdeka Generation roadshow a miss?
Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat, who was formerly Minister of State for Health, was also seen at this SPH-organised event.
Another “non-essential large-scale event”.
With the COVID-19 threat in mind, what steps did Chee take to encourage the cancellation of this event?
“The measures we have implemented will only work if individuals cooperate and behave in a socially responsible manner.”
How about the government being socially responsible as well?
Or, does “do as I say, and not as I do” still apply?