GPS leaders urged to lead by example in the fight against Covid-19

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By Emma Victoria

SARAWAKIANS have played their roles and responsibilities in these trying times to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state, however it is disappointing that some politicians, especially those from GPS, have failed to lead by example in this battle.

Sim Kiat Leng, a special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, said the people should not be punished or made to suffer when the state leaders do not have any sense of logic or responsibility.

“It is unfair to stop Sarawakians from coming back home when a Malaysian singer was accorded special treatment by being exempted from mandatory quarantine just so that she can perform during the New Year countdown event. This is a clear example of double standards,” he said in a statement today.

Similarly, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian should lead by example, instead of being exempted from the mandatory quarantine by classifying political meetings in the Peninsular Malaysia as “essential services”.

There should be no double standards by the government in this fight against Covid-19.

“While it may be advisable for Sarawakians living outside Sarawak to exercise self-restrain when coming back to the state, the GPS politicians should likewise also exercise self-restrain by not flying to Kuala Lumpur merely for political party meetings. It is worse when these politicians are not subject to quarantine when they come back to Sarawak,” he said.

Sim urged the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee to be stern in executing their policies and should not allow anyone to be exempted from it.