Dr Sim: It should be SWAG Cluster, not Icom Cluster

Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, April 22: The newly declared Icom Cluster from a social gathering in Kuching today should be named the SWAG Cluster, says State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Noting that the cluster did not even originate from Icom Square, Kuching, he said he suggested the name “SWAG Cluster” instead.


“KKM (Ministry of Health) has finally gazetted this cluster. Until today, it is still a mystery to me how KKM names the clusters.

“Icom Cluster happened not in Icom Square. Two days ago, I suggested SWAG Cluster,” he said in a Facebook post tonight.

In SDMC’s daily Covid-19 statement earlier today, the committee said the index case of the Icom Cluster attended a dinner gathering at a restaurant in CityONE Megamall before proceeding to a bistro at Jalan Song.

Further investigations found that other participants who attended the dinner gathering together with the 20-year-old man were employees of a property management consultant agency located at Jalan Pending at Icom Sqaure, thus the name of the cluster.

As of today, the cluster has accumulated 31 Covid-19 cases, two negative cases and no laboratory test results pending.

Touching on the cause of the cluster, Dr Sim said Kuching Divisional Health Office (PKB Kuching) and other security agencies are conducting the necessary investigations.

He asserted that compounds and legal actions are to be expected for those who are found to be neglecting standard operating procedures (SOPs) though unfortunately nothing could undo the damage.

Adding on, he reminded all Kuchingites not to be complacent with the low figure of 35 new Covid-19 cases reported today.

“Don’t be deceived and complacent by the 35 cases in Kuching today!

“Please correlate with the long list of locations. It means extensive contact tracing (will be carried out) and it is possible that a lot of positive cases will emerge in the next 14 days,” he added. — DayakDaily