Ministries to implement de-escalation plan

Rokiah Mahmud & Syazwani Hj Rosli

All ministries and departments under them are set to implement a de-escalation plan in accordance with the advice by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to prioritise the health and safety of all parties involved amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was said by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud during the daily press conference at the MoH yesterday.

He also said the de-escalation plan will be based on the business continuity plan (BCP) and the MoH guidelines in identifying high-risk individuals, adding that online platforms are still preferable for counter services as the country continues to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

“At present, we are still not free from the COVID-19 outbreak. Thus, online services will remain operational until the situation allows for physical counters to reopen,” said the minister.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, various government agencies have shifted their services online, especially for payments, registrations and inquiries, and the minister said the government will continue to explore latest technologies that will be beneficial to the people.

He urged all public servants and the public to use the BruHealth app whenever they enter a government building, so as to assist the MoH in contact tracing.

Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti thanked companies and individuals who have contributed to the COVID-19 Relief Fund and expressed hope that more government officials and staff will join in on the cause in tackling the outbreak.

The minister also reminded the public to practise social distancing during Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities and avoid mass gatherings.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud speaks at the press conference yesterday. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI