By John Isaac
THE DAP has urged Sarawak Ministers to stop making confusing statements on the SOPs and the MCO.
Just as Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian announced in his Facebook that “Sarawak will go straight to MCO 1.0 (instead of small steps up from CMCO to MCO 3.0) from May 29, Datuk Abdul Karim announced that Sarawak will not go into full lockdown like that of the MCO 1.0.
State DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen said for such an important matter, there must be an official announcement by the SDMC instead of Facebook postings by one minister contradicting another.
“To add more confusion to the matter, especially for the business sector, after the SDMC announcement that Sarawak will go into MCO 3.0 from May 29 to June 11, the prime minister announced there will be full lockdown nationwide from June 1 to 14. So, is it lockdown up to June 11 14 for Sarawak?
“This is not the first time the State and Federal governments have issued conflicting policies and SOPs despite being in the same coalition government,” he pointed out.
In the past week, Chong said the federal government has made multiple statements with regards to the MCO being implemented in Malaysia, the SOPs for the MCO implemented and now the total lockdown.
At the same time, the Sarawak government has also made several statements with regards to Sarawak continuing with the CMCO with tightened SOPs, the implementation of MCO in Sarawak and another set of SOPs.
“All these changes of SOPs were made within a short period of one week, leaving the people and the business sector breathless in trying to cope and comply with the changes in the SOPs and policies.
“What is more frustrating to the people and business sector in Sarawak is that, despite the different names used by the Sarawak government, the SOPs implemented are, in essence, very similar to the ones imposed by the Federal Government,”
Chong said the Sarawak government has to understand that this is not the time for them to play with cheap publicity of autonomy.
Autonomy is meant for the State to make better decisions for the good of the people, not to create more confusion in times of an emergency.
Amidst all these confusions, we are witnessing rising Covid-19 cases in Sarawak, making Sarawak one of the worst-hit states, with increasing high new infection cases for the past weeks.
Fellow Sarawakians are dying from Covid-19, patients in the intensive care unit are suffering from Covid-19, frontliners are risking their lives to protect us from Covid-19, and here the Sarawak government is still indulging itself with playing up the local sentiments of autonomy.
“It is time for the State Government to put its political agenda aside and have a thorough discussion with the federal government to come up with a set of clear, certain and effective SOPs to effectively curb the spread and save Sarawakian lives,” stressed Chong.