Voting every five years, going home and sleeping, not democracy!

Flattening the curve . . .

The people have a right to speak up and speak out on the novel Corona virus pandemic.

The pandemic has seriously affected the economy and workers.

We need to know what is the number of daily infections which will confirm that the curve has been flattened. The economy can then re-open.

Before the curve of infections is flattened, we are told that the daily numbers will peak.

After the curve is flattened, what’s the guarantee that the numbers will not rise again for a new peak?

Flattening the curve of infections means keeping the number at a rate the public healthcare system can handle. It does not mean the virus, and Covid-19 disease caused by it, has mutated to a harmless strain or died out.

America . . .

The US has nearly a million hospital beds, according to the New York Governor.

If half a million beds are taken up by non-Covid-19 cases, that leaves another half a million for Covid-19 cases but spread over three weeks i.e. 23, 800 cases a day would indicate the curve of infections has been flattened.

In reality, 85 per cent of hospital beds would probably be taken up by non-Covid-19 cases as in normal times. That leaves only 150, 000 beds for Covid-19 cases and spread over three weeks i.e. 7142 cases daily to indicate the curve of infections has been flattened. Again, that totals 150, 000 cases at any one time.

Most of these cases would probably be at home and not occupying all the 150, 000 hospital beds. That leaves the extra beds free or for any increase in non-Covid-19 cases.

These are by no means accurate figures. I am just ventilating my ignorance in public. I stand corrected.

I am just citing the principle involved in flattening the curve of infections which, again, may be mild, moderate and severe.

Malaysia . . .

The curve of infections cannot be the same for Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya.

Borneo and Malaya are separated by the great South China Sea.

There are also four zones on the infection i.e. green (no cases), yellow, orange and red (hotspot).

Democracy . . .

Voting once in five years, and then going home and sleeping, is not democracy.

Democracy needs constant engagement and participation.

Make a movement out of everything.

Free Speech . . .

Exercise your right of free speech and speak up and speak out.

The gov’t may take into consideration what you have to say in making decisions.

The gov’t must provide strong leadership.

It must do the right thing without fear or favour, and without thinking about winning or losing elections.

If the gov’t does what is right, and loses the election, so be it.

If the gov’t does what is wrong, and wins the election, shame on it for being gutless wonders.

The gov’t is not a person but a system. The system monitors public sentiments.

It’s a fallacy to say the gov’t knows what to do, that it has many experts advising it on anything and everything.

The gov’t does not belong to the experts but the people.

Many people are afraid to exercise their right of free speech and speak up and speak out. They live in fear of fear.

They live in fear of “repercussions” from God alone knows who.

“Repercussions”, if any, can be taken up in court.

No one will inflict “repercussions” on anyone who exercises the right of free speech and speak up and speak out if matters are going to end up in court.

There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.

Read further here . . .

Gov’t must re-open economy when curve of infections has been flattened, provide universal basic income.

Has the curve of infections been flattened? That’s what we want to know.

Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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