By John Isaac
A DAP man has urged the State Disaster Management Committee to come up with a proper definition of ‘essential services’.
He said this was because many have been able to travel without any restrictions on the pretext of being involved in ‘essential services’.
“Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian is one of the beneficiaries of this relaxed rule. On December 17, Dr Sim was photographed attending a meeting in Putrajaya with other representatives from the PN coalition.
“Since then, he has returned to Kuching without any quarantine order and was seen visiting many public places since,” said Michael Kong, the special assistant to state DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen.
In his defence, Dr Sim had said that he was granted an exemption from any quarantine because he falls within the ‘essential services’ category.
“Bear in mind that this political meeting was merely to discuss the setting up of a presidential council.
“If it had been DAP state committee members flying to Kuala Lumpur for a PH meeting, would will SDMC then say that it was an essential service (or meeting for that matter) too?,” he asked.
Dr Sim is a doctor and should understand the severity of Covid-19.
As at Dec 20, there are over 76 million confirmed cases in the world with about 1.7 million deaths.
Locally, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor collectively averaged over 800 cases per day over the past three days.
The Sabah state election showed us the consequences of relaxing Covid-19 measures.
Even the aftermath was enough to convince the Sarawak chief minister to postpone his plans for a state election, originally planned for this year.
“As such, while exemptions from the SDMC may be necessary for some services, political meetings should not fall within this ambit.
“As leaders, politicians should set an example by undergoing self home quarantine to spread the message and curb any possibility of spreading the disease further,” added Kong.