By John Isaac
LOCAL Government and Housing Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian should apologise for failing to prevent the current 3rd wave of Covid-19 in Sarawak.
“He should follow the footsteps of Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and apologise.
“Dr Sim is a medical doctor and proudly boasts to have worked in Melbourne for 17 years before returning to Sarawak.
“As a doctor with such vast experience, he should not only be well versed with the effects of Covid-19 but also have better understanding and knowledge in combating this global pandemic,” said Sim Kiat Leng, who is special assistant to state DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen.
He said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) main role is to help in curbing the spread of Covid-19 and also to provide better Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and/or regulations to this effect.
“Therefore, as an important person in this fight against Covid-19, Dr Sim should instil public confidence by leading by example and not practice double standards.
“For many months, DAP has been condemning the act of GPS leaders which always conveniently escape the strict SOPs when they are concerned,” he said.
One clear example, said Kiat Leng is when Dr Sim went for a Perikatan Nasional (PN) political meeting in Kuala Lumpur when the cases in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya were on a rise.
What made it worse is that Dr Sim had the audacity to claim that this meeting is an ‘essential service’ which angered many front liners who are actually risking their lives every day to provide essential services.
“Dr Sim and his fellow GPS leaders should stop all such preferential treatment and not hide behind the SDMC and its exemptions at their whim and fancy.
“Practice what you preach and lead by example. It is time for the GPS leaders to realise that it is due to such actions that has led many Sarawakian to lose confidence in adhering to the SOPs set in place to curb the virus,” he stressed.