By John Isaac
IT is puzzling that since the declaration of a state of emergency in Malaysia on Jan 12, there has been a consistent increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.
For more than two months, Sarawak has been among the top-three states within Malaysia with the highest number of new Covid-19 cases.
“The numbers show us that the emergency which was imposed on us all purportedly for the purpose of curbing Covid-19 has been counter-productive.
“Where has SDMC gone wrong? One clear mistake by them is when they started to relax the SOPs and rules, especially for the VIPs,” said Michael Kong, the special assistant to Sarawak DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen.
He said during prime minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s visit to Sarawak on April 1, he brought an entourage of people with him.
Through the relaxation of rules for them, these people were exempted from the usual quarantine orders and managed to go around Kuching freely.
Many other VIPs connected to Perikatan Nasional and GPS are also known to be travelling in and out of Sarawak without any quarantine measures.
“For their political charades and patronage, they have put Sarawakians’ health and economy at risk.
“With the ever-high number of Covid-19 cases each day, social media is now widely circulating news of a possible MCO 3.0 in the event the situation does not get better.
“This kind of news only causes much anxiety because we have been in a difficult economic climate for over a year. Any further total lockdown will only cause more hardship to all Malaysians,” he said.
As such, he called upon the authorities especially SDMC to set clear SOPs including for the sanitisation and cleaning of exposed locations.
At the same time, do not practice double standard in the enforcement of the SOPs.
“Even yesterday, the Sultan of Johor had called upon those who have been vaccinated not to ignore the SOPs.
“The VIPs can easily contract and spread Covid-19 just like anyone of us, so it makes no sense for them to be allowed to flout such SOPs,” added Michael.
He also urged the public not to panic over rumours of an MCO 3.0 and to stay updated and only spread official news from the relevant authorities.