This is the view of several politicians, including that of ex-PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mahathir says residents in Lahad Datu, Sabah were suffering from hunger, following a lockdown extension, as most of them relied on daily wages.
“There is no plan or advice from the government. How can people cope with the pressure caused by Covid-19?
“There are people who are currently starving because they have completely lost their income,” he said.
Mahathir says that many who needed help have not benefited from the government’s economic stimulus package Prihatin.
He also believe the Budget 2021 was a populist budget and that the government should consider the opposition’s suggestions to make sure all MPs can support the budget in Parliament.
On the other hand, President of Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM), Datuk Huan Cheng Guan says the government should be more concerned about the fate of the people.
He says the people is going through painful stages with the Conditional Movement Control Order or the Tightened Movement Control Order (PKPD).
He says even if PKPB or PKPD is enforced, the people still need to implement all their commitments.
Huan Cheng Guan says although the government has to impose the various lockdowns, the people are suffering and some are desperate for help.
The financial crisis has also become a ‘pandemic’ for many, he says, urging the authorities to pity them.
He says the people are struggling to pay electricity and water bills, house rent and car loans, and so on.
He told the online portal Malaysia Gazette the government should show mercy for the people.