Chinese residents account for almost one third of Bintulu Covid-19 cases, says Tiong

Dato Sri Tiong King Sing

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KUCHING, April 19: Covid-19 infections involving the Chinese community as a percentage of overall confirmed cases in Bintulu has skyrocketed from zero at the beginning of the year to almost 30 per cent due to people’s complacency.

Bintulu Member of Parliament (MP) Dato Sri Tiong King Sing said records from the beginning of 2021 showed that the said infections in the Chinese community rose from zero at the beginning of the year to 12.8 per cent of overall cases in Bintulu at the end of February and is approaching 30 per cent now.

“The Chinese ethnic groups are indifferent of the situation, leading to a sudden increase in infection numbers.

“I hold the opinion that many among the Chinese community generally maintain a dismissive attitude towards the pandemic, which has led to a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases among Chinese households in Bintulu,” he said in a statement yesterday (April 18).

With that, Tiong urged everyone, especially Bintulu residents, to stop the thinking that they themselves are immune to the disease and that “only other people will get it”.

“The current confirmed cases are mostly patients from urban areas and workplace clusters.

“The Chinese population and all other groups must take the pandemic seriously and not underestimate the threat,” he added. — DayakDaily