KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 (NNN-Bernama) — The government’s decision to reopen more economic sectors was done as the ‘lockdown’ move is no longer apt and feared to have more implications, including on mental health, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
He said the reopening of the sectors not only can expedite the economic recovery process but would also give the people the opportunity to improve their lives.
“The reopening of 11 economic sectors in states under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) is appropriate due to the high vaccination rates (in the states).
“In fact, the decision was made after taking into account the data from the risk assessments conducted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP),” he said in reply to Mohd Salim Sharif (BN-Jempol) during question time at the Dewan Rakyat (lower house of Parliament) sitting Tuesday.
Mohd Salim had wanted to know the reasons for the reopening of 11 economic sectors when the country’s daily tally of COVID-19 cases was still worrying.