By Chew Lip Song
SUPP PRESIDENT Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian has deleted a Facebook posting after coming under fire for playing politics over Covid-19.
In the posting put up yesterday, the Sarawak Housing and Local Government Minister had called on the public to go for Covid-19 screening if they had visited four locations in the state. They were Emmanuel Baptist Church; Good News Fellowship Church; a DAP dinner in Crownsquare Kuching on March 7 and a Josephian Day gathering on March 13.
Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei questioned the motives of Dr Sim only listing down four high risk locations when the sources of infection were more.
“On March 20, our health authorities listed down 11-12 high risk groups for Covid-19 who need screening. But the Sarawak Minister singled out churches and DAP-related groups only,” Wong posted on Facebook.
He also shared a list of locations and groups which the Sarawak health authorities had compiled of those in need of Covid-19 screening. Top on the list were those who had just returned from overseas and those who had attended the tabligh event in the Seri Petaling mosque.
“Why is the government taking lightly on other clusters which the participants may need Covid-19 screening as well? Don’t try to play politics and religion during this epidemic crisis. We want facts and nothing but the facts,” Wong, the DAP lawmaker added.
Of the four locations listed down by Dr Sim, two are linked to the DAP. The March 7 event was a fund-raising dinner for the party while the Josephian Day gathering was attended by Bandar Kuching MP, Dr Kelvin Yii, who had tested positive for Covid-19.
Wong’s post had elicited anger and disappointment towards Dr Sim. One “David Wong”, posted that Dr Sim had “ulterior motives”.
Another “Jacqueline Tan” left the following comment: “Dr Sim has deleted the post. Obviously that’s an admission of guilt!”
As of yesterday, there are 1,183 Covid-19 cases nationwide, a large number of which are traced to the tabligh event in the Seri Petaling mosque. The disease has also claimed eight lives, three of whom are from Sarawak.