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The outbreak of Covid-19 in Malaysia is one of the worst in the world.
Malaysia recorded 483.72 confirmed Covid infections per million people on Wednesday on a seven-day moving average, according to the latest data compiled by the online repository Our World in Data. It is the 8th highest in the world and the top in Asia.
Meanwhile, the number of deaths reported daily by the state in connection with Covid was approximately 4.90 per million on Tuesday’s seven-day moving average. This is the 19th highest in the world and the 3rd highest data in Asia.
Our World in Data is a collaboration between Oxford University researchers and the UK nonprofit Global Change Data Lab.
Malaysia was able to keep infections low for most of 2020. However, Malaysia struggled to curb the surge in incidents, despite having implemented multiple restrictions and emergencies.
Political analysts have accused the government of mishandling the outbreak as it worsened.
“Malaysia’s response is hampered by chaotic governance and persistent political struggles,” wrote Joshua Kurlantzik, a senior Southeast Asian researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations at the think tank.
Malaysian political crisis
When former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad suddenly resigned in February last year, Southeast Asian countries fell into political turmoil. It paved the way for Muhyiddin to form a government by rallying vulnerable coalitions.
Political opponents have long disputed Muhyiddin’s claim of majority support in the country’s 222-seat parliament. The call for the resignation of the prime minister has grown even among his allies after the Malaysian king announced a rare condemnation of the government’s state of emergency on Thursday.
The King agreed to Muhyiddin’s request for a state of emergency from January to August 1 to control the country’s proliferation of Covid infections.
Many analysts considered the move to be a perplexed prime minister’s attempt to maintain his political position, especially if Congress was suspended due to an emergency and could not hold elections. ..
When Congress reopened this week, the government surprised the country by announcing that it had decided to end the emergency on July 21st. The king said the government’s unilateral revocation did not follow constitutional procedures.
Since taking office, Muhyiddin has sought to avoid parliamentary votes that his political opponents could use as a substitute for a motion of no confidence in his leadership. The Malaysian Parliament has never voted for a vote of no confidence.
Despite the political turmoil, Malaysian authorities have accelerated the pace of vaccination in recent weeks. According to Our World in Data, more than 18% of the country’s 32 million population is fully vaccinated.
Economists at the British Bank Barclays estimated Malaysia, along with Singapore and South Korea, to be one of the Asian countries to reach the “critical level” of vaccination this year.
The Malaysian government said it aims to inoculate most of the adult population by the end of the year.
Still, economists said worsening outbreaks and ongoing social distance measures are undermining Malaysia’s growth prospects.
Barclays last month lowered its 2021 growth forecast from 5.5% to 5%. This is well below the Malaysian Central Bank’s forecast range of 6% to 7.5%.
Malaysia’s daily cases per million, the highest in the world
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