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KUCHING, March 20: The slow distribution process of the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGCs) was due to adhering to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Kuching’s status as the red zone, said Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan.
According to Kho, after Kuching turned red, the speed of distribution slowed down as they changed into house to house distribution and calling few people to collect the card at SUPP branches one day at a time.
“We practise strict SOPs at every distribution programme organised. We are trying to be very careful as Kuching is still a red zone now,” she said.
Kho said this in response to the claims made by the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen saying that SUPP could not finish the distribution of over 500 KGCs at a news conference here today.
Kho noted the recipients of the KGCs are all senior citizens, which are the high risk group and SUPP is not taking the chances so as to avoid creating any KGC cluster for the mere reason of expediting the distribution.
She said the intention of helping to distribute KGCs was originally trying to send the cards to those who had applied through SUPP.
“Now, it is our responsibility to reduce the risk of senior citizen exposure to viruses and to avoid community infection, and the distribution of KGCs continues on a regular basis at the SUPP branches as can be seen in the SUPP social media postings,” she assured. — DayakDaily