Sibu cut off from medical supplies due to flight cancellations

Picture from Borneo Post

By John Isaac

BUKIT Assek assemblywoman, Irene Chang has questioned the state government over the status of a cargo plane which they said would be ready to fly by March this year.

“If the plane really ready? If it is not, then the state should look into alternative methods to bring in medical supplies and protective gear ordered by local medical agencies in Sibu.

“The supplies are apparently still stuck in Kuala Lumpur and we cannot be cut off from supplies at a critical time like this,” she said.

According to Borneo Post, Chang said she learnt that the supplies which were ordered online could not be brought in as flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sibu were cancelled.

“Our front-liners need these supplies urgently. It is a matter of life and death,” she stressed.

She said it was time the state government did something to overcome the issue.

“The state has been constantly saying it is rich. Then now is the time to take action.

“The shortage of face masks has forced companies to increase the price to RM100 per box,” she said.

Chang said it was morally wrong for the company to capitalise on this situation as people were desperate to get face masks.

She said the Transport Ministry at the federal government may not know the scenario here in the state and the onus now is on the local ministers to do something as they know our needs.

The assemblywoman also said the State Government should also prepare for the future and treat the current issue as a lesson.

She said the state government should not be overly dependent on West Malaysia and must learn to be independent.