Jun 30, 2009

Dumb and Dumber over H1N1

Dumb and Dumber over H1N1

Yup! Real dumb when you try to comprehend the ministers that we have and you shudder to think that we have them running the government.

First you have the Information Minister Rais Yatim coming out to tell you that to ensure that people realized the danger of the “Influenza A (H1N1)” we are now going to call it “selsema babi (swine flu)” and he added that it will be easier for radio and television announcers to read selsema babi rather than H1N1 in Bahasa.

I think the ministry should conduct an audit of all the difficult to read words and make it all easier to read for his announcers or is he implying that our announcers are not very good readers or maybe they can’t interpret or pronounce the English word. And does calling it swine flu makes it more dangerous or is he saying that pigs are dangerous?

Heck! He further added that the ministry would monitor programmes broadcasting health-related advertisements to ensure that there was no confusion as to the accuracy of the message as well as the people's understanding of swine flu.
"We should not combine health-related matters with confusing advertisements," he said.

(yea right mr minister, we are now very confused.)

Next comes the Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen who says that the media should not gives too much coverage on the H1N1 virus as it is bad for tourism. At least she did not say its swine flu or is it a different virus? Oh, maybe that is the government’s strategy to use a different name to confuse the tourist.

The media should down play reporting of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus as “energetic” coverage of the pandemic flu had greatly impacted tour booking numbers to Malaysia. she said.

Ng Yen Yen went on to say that the death ratio for the H1N1 virus is low as only one death per 220. (haha only few will die so its ok no problem at all, don’t worry about it.)

“We must not be alarmists in reporting. Let’s be clear here and state the facts.” She said.

So we have not been stating the facts? Who has been hiding the facts? Mr. Health Minister, are you hiding the facts?.

Here comes the Health Minister, Liow Tiong Lai who said the virus is still under control (Don't worry lah) and the ministerial contingency plan in the event of an uncontrollable outbreak need not be implemented as yet. (How do you control the virus? Is it not just spreading by itself? And what the heck is a ministerial contingency plan??? Won’t it be too late for your ministerial contingency plan when the outbreak becomes uncontrollable?ohh now I see ...your plan is to control the uncontrollable! Damn good strategy!)

He said that even though there is an increased of infected Malaysian which had caused the ministry some pressure, it was still manageable. (Lucky that the minister gets lots of free sample of panadol so one or two tablets and presto no more pressure.)

"Of course we have contingency plans. If it spreads within a community, we will close all schools. (School holiday lah but ok still close it anyway.) We will all use our social distancing programme, namely isolation to prevent interaction or large-scale programmes within the community.

"We have not resorted to this yet because we can still control the situation. If not, if there's a wide (out)break, social distancing measures will be implemented," he said. (Wow! They have got good strategies once it goes out of control. Social distancing programme will be implemented, ok I feel very safe already, can sleep soundly now so goodnight everbody).


Latest News - The number of recorded H1N1 flu cases has reached 70,893 worldwide, with 311 deaths, since the virus was first discovered in late March, data released by the World Health Organisation Monday showed. Read More HERE

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