609 Sarawakians were at gathering in Seri Petaling mosque

Uggah (centre) speaking at the press conference. Picture from Borneo Post

By John Isaac

A TOTAL 609 Sarawakians participated in a tabligh gathering at a mosque in Seri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur recently, revealed Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Douglas Unggah Embas.

Earlier, he said they detected about 500 Sarawakians who had attended the event and later returned to the state.

“Based on the data we have today, the figure has increased and we were informed that from the 68 people detected earlier from Miri, the figure had now increased to 102,” he said.

Unggah, who is also he Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman said this at a press conference in Miri yesterday, reported the Borneo Post.

Out of the 609 Sarawakians who had participated in the said event, a total 84 were from Samarahan, 12 from Serian, five from Sri Aman, 42 from Betong, three from Sarikei, 76 from Sibu, one from Kapit, 29 from Mukah, 82 from Bintulu, 36 from Limbang, and 102 from Miri.

“The total is now 609, and some of them have reported to the Medical Department and some have undergone test.

“We appeal to those who have not report yourself, please report yourself to the nearest hospital,” he added.

Uggah said the visit to Miri was to get a briefing on the preparation for a quarantine site at the Petronas Sports Village and acquire latest information on Covid-19 cases in Miri.

“We are pleased that the preparation (at the quarantine centre) has been well-planned.”

On the status of Covid-19 cases in the northern region at the moment, Uggah noted that so far, there have been eight positive cases in Miri, one in Limbang and one in Lawas.

“We have also warded a total of 24 people under investigation and quarantined five in Miri.”

“We hope people in Miri won’t be alarmed by our choice of Kampung Sukan. We are not going to put the positive cases there, but we are putting persons under investigation.

“We can assure them that we have tight security to make sure nobody is allowed to go out from that place and that is very important,” said Uggah.

Apart from the Petronas Sports Village, Uggah disclosed the Public Health College in Kuching, Kemuyang Youth Camp in Sibu, and the Similajau National Park in Bintulu have also been prepared with quarantine facilities.

“We want to make sure Miri has the personnel, equipment and capacity to handle whatever situation which is coming.

“We are also discussing with private medical centres on how we can work together to ensure that while we are facing this Covid-19 problem, we also try to make sure that medical services to our people remain at the top of our satisfaction,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the face mask, Uggah said the public have been getting very jittery as some of them have not been able to buy one.

In this regard, the State Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing said the general public should not panic to buy face masks.

“If you are healthy, there is no need to use the mask. Unless you are sick or have to take care of the sick and need to go to public places, then you may need to use the mask to avoid the spread of the disease.

“But more importantly is to practice good hygiene. Always wash your hands with soap and avoid touching to help prevent spread of the disease. So, use mask only when you are sick, so there is no panic to buy masks,” he clarified.

“We have also issued some directive like for example that those gathering more than 50 participants are advised to postpone or to delay their functions,” Uggah added.