Covid-19: Bomba Sarawak thanks Abang Jo for moral support over ongoing decontamination ops

Khirudin (left) briefs his team before they carry out decontamination operations at Masjid Kuching.

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by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, April 1: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s presence this morning at an inspection and briefing by firefighters carrying out decontamination operations gave the latter very much needed moral support after numerous negative comments thrown at them lately.

Over the last two days, many negative comments including those by a former deputy director have been aimed at the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) especially concerning Human Assistance Disaster Relief efforts to combat Covid-19.

In thanking Abang Johari for his presence at today’s Masjid Kuching operations, Bomba Sarawak director Khirudin Drahman said this will reduce the negative public perception towards firefighters who are working as hard as other frontliners to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Thank you sir for your moral support. Your presence has motivated the team and gives us all high spirits.

“People questioned Bomba, are we doing the right thing or not? Alhamdulillah, with Abang Johari’s presence with us today, together with the state disaster committee, it means our decontamination exercises were very much needed. This is a very clear and positive message that Bomba has been given the blessings to conduct such operations by the Sarawak government,” Khirudin pointed out.

“My firefighters are putting in their efforts for the community as whole. This is our joint efforts and we are doing our job with the right approach.”

Firefighters getting ready to carry out decontamination operations at Masjid Kuching.
A firefighter decontaminating railings and seats at Masjid Kuching.

Speaking after the joint operations involving Bomba, Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and the Ministry of Health, Khirudin urged his team to put aside negative comments that have been hurled at them, especially on social media.

Khirudin hoped that all his colleagues throughout the seven zones in Sarawak will continue their operations and noble efforts.

“As we are all aware, regardless if we do it (decontamination exercise) or not, people will comment,” he noted. — DayakDaily