Chong urges GPS govt to explain Covid-19 situation, strategy to overcome it

Chong Chieng Jen

KUCHING, Sept 27: Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen wants the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government provide a full explanation to the people about the current Covid-19 situation in Sarawak and a clear strategy to overcome it.

He urged Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to be transparent with the public about the Covid-19 situation rather than keep quiet over the matter and push the responsibilities to his deputies.

He questioned the Sarawak government’s strategy to fight Covid-19.


“Notwithstanding that Sarawak is one of the highest rate of vaccination (sic) states in the country, yet Sarawak is still the State with the highest number of new infection cases in the country, the State with one of the highest rate of infections in the country, and the State with one of the highest Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy rate in the country.

“All these top-ranking positions (sic) do not reconcile with the claim by the State government that we are doing well with the management of the pandemic.

“If truly the vaccination works, why do we still have such high number of cases and why are there still so many Covid-19 patients admitted to ICUs as compared to the other states in the country?” Chong questioned.

At the same time, Chong also called on Abang Johari to deal with current problems at hand as opposed to talking about plans to develop Sarawak for 2030.

He believed there is no point for the chief minister to talk about the Sarawak Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 when many businesses are finding it tough to sustain operations over the next six months.

As for measures to open up Sarawak’s economy, Chong opined that the State government must conduct mass testing, provide more quarantine and medical facilities to deal with Covid-19, and provide sufficient and clear support to businesses. — DayakDaily