LOCAL Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian is confident that the upcoming Sarawak election will not see a spike in Covid-19 cases, unlike what happened in Sabah recently.
He said Singapore and South Korea which just concluded their elections, did not record a surge in new Covid-19 cases.
“Sarawak is not the same as Sabah and we will be similar to Singapore and South Korea,” he said.
He called on the public to stay calm as panic wouldn’t help after the country recorded 293 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, spread out over nine states and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.
“We just need to learn the lesson, close the border and tighten the entry requirements into Sarawak, including for Sarawakian. The best is not to travel outside Sarawak,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“Some Sarawakians who were in Sabah recently and had returned home without taking precautionary testing… but now busy making press statements not to have election in Sarawak for the next six months,” he said, referring to Sarawak DAP leaders.
He pointed out that Sarawak has largely been spared from the new wave of Covid-19 cases spreading across other parts of the country.
“I hope everyone else just believe and follow what Sarawak is doing,” he added.
Meanwhile, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) urged the state government not to hold any election until the spread of Covid-19 in the country is put under control.
PBDSB spokesman Sai Malaka said the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg seems to have acted recklessly when he announced the Sarawak state election will be held any time from now.
“His announcement is nothing exciting but worrying due to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic, which affected the whole world, including Malaysia,” he said.
“We do not want what happened in Sabah, to happen in Sarawak. It ( Covid-19 pandemic) is a matter of life and death,” he said in a statement.
He also urged the Health Ministry and the state’s Local Government and Housing Ministry to organise seminars in longhouses and rural areas to raise awareness and make sure the rural folks can comply with the SOPs.