50yo man from Kg Bumbok confirmed as Sarawak’s latest rabies fatality

Dato Wee Hong Seng

Editor’s note: There have been 9 rabies fatalities recorded in Sarawak as of April 2023, and not as stated previously.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, May 11: A 50-year-old man from Kampung Bumbok along Jalan Batu Kitang who died yesterday (May 10) has been confirmed as Sarawak’s latest rabies fatality.

Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng confirmed the case and said this brings the number of rabies fatalities to 9 people since the beginning of 2023 until April 2023.

He said the council is very concerned about rabies, and understands people‘s love for their pets.  However, the fatal disease needed to be eradicated.

“The joint operation between councils in the city is to catch stray dogs that are without owners,” stressed Wee.

He was met by reporters after the Solid Waste Management and Improvement Workshop officiated at by Deputy Minster of Public Utility and Telecommunication II Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi at Raia Hotel here today.

Dr Abdul Rahman was representing Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian who is also the Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government.

MBKS, Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) have been running an operation to catch stray dogs in the city since May 8 to curb rabies. — DayakDaily