From political to personal
Favored mindless slogan among Pas, Bersatu and Umno members and supporters early during the incompetent handling of the pandemic had something to do with politics. Despite the deeply political nature of the whole situation, they would say “jangan berpolitik.” That roughly translates into “don’t politicize the issue.” Do not politicize Covid-19. Do not politicize the handling.
They repeat the phrase while politicking, and eventually causing the state-wide Sabah by-election. Coupled with uneven enforcement of physical distancing, we are here today: a nearly collapsed healthcare system and continuing rising number of infection cases.
Failures in managing the case, and actions worsening the situation persisted, amid the mindless slogan: don’t politicize the issue.
My grandmother died in her bed six days ago, a day before Eid. Initially, everybody thought she died of old age. She died in her sleep. Her death was shocking, but she was old. And she had a good life.
Post-mortem at the hospital revealed she had Covid-19.
She was unvaccinated. I am unsure why. I am just angry.
I could not go to her burial. I have not met her for nearly two years. No, too late. I had not met her.
Five days after her death, I received by second Covid-19 vaccine jab. A slot I had to fight for. Such an inequity, created by an unscientific hunch.
I am sure my experience is not unique. With nearly 8,000 deaths and counting, everybody must have known somebody who has died.
I wonder how they feel. Do they feel all those incompetence, mismanagement and failures political? Is 3-day quarantine political?
Is death of a family member political? Or is it personal, meant to be grieved privately?
Are these killings political, or are they a private matter?
It must be politicized. It is the only way to make irresponsible, incompetent and unaccountable men and women of this government accountable.