Once upon a time, the name 'Malaysia' was the envy of others as we were listed almost always at the top when it comes to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have the best healthcare system
to deal with the pandemic, one of our hospitals' COVID-19 response team was given global recognition
and our very own Health Director General was named as one of COVID's Heroic Trios
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
From top to bottom real quick
A recent regional survey has revealed that Malaysia is no longer being looked up to, even by their own citizens, when it comes to dealing with the pandemic.
A majority of the respondents in the survey -- conducted and released by Singapore-based Asean Studies Centre at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute -- felt that in the ASEAN region, our neighbour Singapore had offered the best leadership in combatting COVID-19.
Malaysia only managed a paltry fifth place in the list.
32.7 per cent of the respondents picked Singapore as the clear winner, while another 31.1 per cent felt that Vietnam had done a wonderful job as well. Thailand came in third with 7.4 per cent of the votes.
What about Malaysia, you ask? Well, we only received a mere 2.4 per cent
of the votes.
Yup, that's right: for all our early achievements in battling the pandemic, our counterparts no longer think that we're capable of handling the pandemic anymore.
Hashtag sad but true.
Malaysians think so too
We know what you're thinking: 'Aiya, the research was done by a Singaporean company, of course they will say Singapore is the best lah!'.
Well, that might have a little truth in it, but a total of 1,032 respondents made up of academics, members from think tanks and research institutions took part in the survey, with 11.3 per cent of them being from Malaysia.
On top of that, we also can't deny the fact that our closest neighbour has done a fantastic job at stopping the spread of the virus.
Singapore has not recorded
more than 100 daily COVID-19 cases since 13 August 2020, and they've only recorded 29 deaths since the start of the pandemic in March last year.
And here's the most interesting part: even Malaysians think that Singapore did a much better job than our own government.
In the survey, 26.5 per cent of Malaysian respondents picked Singapore as the role model in combatting the pandemic.
For comparison, only 16.2 per cent of the respondents picked our own country, which is basically a subtle way of saying that we no longer have confidence in our government.
Besides Singapore, 15.4 per cent and 6.8 per cent of Malaysian respondents voted for Vietnam and Thailand respectively.
Now that the rakyat
are slowly losing confidence in our leadership, maybe it's high time for the powers-that-be to take a long hard look in the mirror and find a way to control the pandemic once and for all instead of introducing stupid regulations such as this one: