Chong urges S’wak govt to walk the talk on purchasing Covid-19 vaccines

Chong (seated right) helping a senior citizen to write down his particulars to register for the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

KUCHING, April 11: Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen urges the Sarawak government to walk the talk about directly purchasing Covid-19 vaccines for Sarawakians.

Chong in a press statement today questioned an earlier announcement made by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg about Sarawak directly purchasing the said vaccines.

“Since February 2021, we have been hearing Abang Johari and the State ministers saying that the State government will purchase our own vaccines for all Sarawakians.

“This is the most welcomed announcement for all.

“But, almost two months have passed and yet the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government is still talking about asking for more vaccine quota from the federal government,” he said.

The Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chief asserted that Sarawak ranked in the top three positions among the 16 states and territories in the country in terms of new Covid-19 infections in the past one month and there is no signs of the number of cases going down in the next few weeks.

At the same time, Chong also questioned what has gone wrong with Sarawak’s management of the Covid-19 situation for this to happen despite more stringent standard operating procedures (SOPs) imposed on quarantine, movement control and border control measures by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

Hence, Chong called on the Sarawak government to back up their earlier statement to directly Covid-19 vaccines for all Sarawakians with action.

On another note, Chong who is also the Kota Sentosa assemblyman disclosed DAP Kota Sentosa today set up a registration booth at the 7 th Mile Kota Sentosa Bazaar to assist the public to register for Covid-19 vaccinations.

He said the political party is actively helping the public in all regions throughout Sarawak to register for the Covid-19 vaccination programme. — DayakDaily