Covid-19: More public areas in Kuching, Kota Samarahan to undergo sanitisation

Wee (centre) handing over PPE to Tiong (second right) witnessed by Home Max Design Sdn Bhd director Gary Ong (second left) and others at Padungan Bomba station today (April 7, 2020).

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By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, April 7: More areas in Kuching and Kota Samarahan will undergo sanitisation as both areas have been identified as red zones or epicentres for Covid-19, said Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) assistant director (operations) Tiong Ling Hii.

“Since last week, we have received requests from MAScargo and other public places which have been identified as epicentres. Our next operation will be to sanitise the prison (at Jalan Puncak Borneo),” Tiong told reporters after receiving personal protective equipment (PPE) from Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations and Home Max Sdn Bhd at Padungan Bomba station today.

Tiong added that Bomba will continue to assist to sanitise more public areas soon.

However, he said his men were facing a PPE shortage and hoped that members of the public will come forward to donate the items.

“Before this, we used Bomba raincoats. Then I called some NGOs and they responded. Today, we are very lucky because they responded, we hope others will also assist us during this MCO (movement control order) period.

“We are very thankful to both Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations and Home Max Sdn Bhd for their assitnce. We hoped that others will also come forward as there is a shortage of PPE in the market,” he said.

On related issue, Tiong revealed that only 10 personnel would be allowed for each sanitisation operation, to abide with MCO guidelines.

Tiong said if Bomba Kuching has extra PPE, the items would be sent to other divisions as there were similar requests.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations president Datuk Richard Wee said today’s handover was part of its outreach programme to provide PPE to frontliners, including to Sarawak General Hospital and the police.

Today, the association and Home Max Design Sdn Bhd donated PPE worth more than RM3,000 to Kuching Bomba. — DayakDaily