Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, centre, visits a Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centre in Serdang earlier this month. Photo: Handout via Xinhua Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, centre, visits a Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centre in Serdang earlier this month. Photo: Handout via Xinhua
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, centre, visits a Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centre in Serdang earlier this month. Photo: Handout via Xinhua
Liew Chin Tong
Opinion

Opinion

Liew Chin Tong

How political mismanagement has fuelled Malaysia’s coronavirus surge

  • Covid-19 has exposed Malaysia’s political divisions, unwieldy bureaucracy and capacity – or lack thereof – to deal with a crisis
  • PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration must ramp up whole-of-government and whole-of-society efforts to fight the virus, says Liew Chin Tong

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, centre, visits a Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centre in Serdang earlier this month. Photo: Handout via Xinhua Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, centre, visits a Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centre in Serdang earlier this month. Photo: Handout via Xinhua
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, centre, visits a Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centre in Serdang earlier this month. Photo: Handout via Xinhua
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Liew Chin Tong

Liew Chin Tong

Liew Chin Tong was Malaysia's Deputy Defence Minister from July 2018 to February 2020. He is a member of the Democratic Action Party's Central Executive Committee.