Loose enforcement led to recent Covid-19 surge in Malaysia, Tiong says

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing - Bintulu MP
Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (The Star Pic)

By Emma Victoria

BINTULU MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said the relevant authorities have been lax in strictly carrying out the Covid-19 pandemic prevention SOPs against large companies, factories, construction sites, among others.

He said the loose control of the situation has led to an increasingly untenable situation for the entire country and the number of confirmed cases has now increased at an accelerated pace.

“This can only be due to a poor defence against the pandemic, including such light penalties for large companies found to have allowed violations of the SOPs in their care.

Such lax enforcement of the guidelines is deeply unsettling,” he said in a statement today.

“How was it possible for an infected group and work environment to form to the point of risking the entire community?

The public is questioning whether this issue has been brought into the meeting of the National Security Council for discussion.”

“If it was, why does the pandemic situation continue to be erratic or seemingly getting out of control?” said Tiong, also the Prime Minister’s special envoy to China.

He said rather than making predictions every day, it is better to devote resources to more effective outbreak prevention measures to truly slow down Malaysia’s spread of the coronavirus. This includes practical actions, restarting national economic activities and open borders as soon as possible, so that trade can return to normal.