Chong tested negative for Covid-19, SUPP urged to stop spreading rumours

Chong Chieng Jen. – Bernama photo.

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK United People’s Party (SUPP) leaders have been slammed for trying to create anxiety and fear among the public by insinuating that the State DAP chief is infected with Covid-19.

Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said that despite he testing negative for the virus after returning from Kuala Lumpur, SUPP continued to spread defamatory statements that he could be infectious, unnecessarily creating unease among the people.

“I have undergone the Covid-19 test after I returned on Oct 2 and I was informed by the state health department two days later that it was negative,” he said in a statement.

He said SUPP, which is part of the Sarawak government, has the access to see my test result.

“However, they chose to lie to the people and make a big fuss,” said the Kota Sentosa assemblyman.

“What the SUPP is doing is not constructive to the fight Covid-19 and is merely abusing its position as the ruling party to spread rumours and fake news although I fully complied to the SOPs set by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee,” he said.

Chong, also the Stampin MP, said SUPP’s irresponsible act will only hamper and disrupt the genuine efforts of the Health Ministry and the frontliners to contain the spread of Covid-19.

“The fight against Covid-19 must be a non-partisan battle. It is a fight by the people as a whole regardless of race, religion, language and political affiliation.”

He said DAP Sarawak has been and will continue to give full cooperation to the Health Ministry to curb the Covid-19 pandemic and comply with all directives issued.