Review quarantine exemption policy, urges Yii

Dr Kelvin Yii – Picture from the New Sarawak Tribune

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK has been urged to review its policy of exempting VVIPs, including politicians, from quarantine to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading in Sarawak.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said this should be implemented mainly due to the rising number of cases in the Klang Valley.

“I believe when it comes to preventing an infectious disease like Covid-19, there should not be any double standards in the necessary SOP especially when it involves politicians or public figures.”

He said that due to the nature of their job, they meet many people, thus increasing the risk of spreading the disease.

“In Sarawak, we have one of the best advantages in terms of controlling the disease which is our immigration autonomy where we can limit those coming in and subject them to quarantine.

“However, this advantage will be compromised when we start making too many exemptions even for these VVIPs,” he said in a statement today.

Currently ministers and other politicians coming to Sarawak only need to show that they are Covid-19 negative at least three days before entry.

Yii said politicians can take innovative steps to work remotely without the need to travel.

He said federal ministers and deputy ministers based can choose not to return to the State and allow their team in their constituencies to carry out the groundwork for time being.

“Recently there was a post by a member of SDMC asking fellow Sarawakians in an outbreak area outside Sarawak not to return to the state for time being.

“This advice should not just be for the normal citizens, but for all. Unless we are to say Covid-19 does not affect politicians.”