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One year in office: Muhyiddin shows mettle as PM

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 02 Mar 2021 09:20
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02 Mar 2021 09:20
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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s first year in office was far from a smooth-sailing affair as he micro-managed to put food on the table for Malaysians and ensure no one is left behind while keeping a deadly pandemic at bay.

The Prime Minister has procured the vaccine for the COVID-19 disease and provided up to RM300 bil in stimulus aid packages to ensure the survival of the people in a year of unprecedented difficulties.

Muhyiddin had taken over the leadership of the nation at a time when the world and country faced a difficult situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Insya-Allah (God willing), the Perikatan Nasional government completing one year in office with me as the prime minister is something that I had least expected, but it is all the will of Allah SWT (God),” he said in the interview at his residence in Bukit Damansara.

Muhyiddin, who became Malaysia’s eighth prime minister on March 1, 2020, said he discharged his duties and responsibilities for the sake of the people and nation.

“I’m doing what is best for the nation. I know that I carry a trust. I have to fulfil that trust … although I was not elected in a normal election. Somebody had the mandate but (following) a crisis, I was appointed (as the prime minister),” he said.

In the interview, Muhyiddin, who is president of Bersatu, was asked a wide range of questions pertaining to the government and national administration, management of COVID-19, the economic stimulus packages and government initiatives to help the people, the people’s acceptance and achievements of the PN government, the Proclamation of Emergency, Malaysia’s foreign policy as well as his aspirations.

Muhyiddin was the first person in the country to be vaccinated against COVID-19, on Feb 24. He wanted to dispel any fear over immunisation against the disease. The Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, also got vaccinated on that day.

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