KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 13): Ensuring the country’s well-being is more important than playing politics, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pictured) said today.
He said that is why he prefers to focus his attention on matters related to the country’s well-being, rather than playing politics, to the extent of being seen as avoiding the media.
“Not that I don’t hold press conferences or have been avoiding the media. It’s just that I’m focusing more on the current issues faced by the country, such as Covid-19 and the economic recovery.
“The media are among my priorities ... although many [reporters] are keen on asking me political questions. The people might think that I prefer playing politics than taking care of the country’s well-being,” he said.
The prime minister said this during a special press conference at his residence in Putrajaya.
At the start of the press conference, Muhyiddin also extended his condolences to the families of those who died of Covid-19 in the country. The number of fatalities was 159 as at the time of writing.
“We have taken the appropriate measures [to curb the spread of Covid-19]. According to records, the death toll [from the pandemic] in Malaysia is significantly smaller than in other countries,” he said.
The press conference was held and streamed live from his residence as the prime minister observed a 14-day self-quarantine from Oct 5.
The quarantine was deemed necessary after he chaired a special meeting of the National Security Council (MKN), which was also attended by Religious Affairs Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.
Zulkifli was tested positive for Covid-19, currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Seremban.
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