From pandemic to endemic: It’s time for an economic restart

SUPP PCB Chief cum Kota Sentosa Branch Chairman, Wilfred Yap (yellow shirt) is seen monitoring the repair works on the burst pipe near Jalan Liu Shan Bang and Jalan Bau by KWB workers, recently.

KUCHING, Sept 10: The Sarawak Government should appropriate time for a transparent, coordinated plan to restart and recover the economy while minimising the risk of Covid-19 spread during the eventual transition from “pandemic” to “endemic”.

In pointing this out, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Kota Sentosa branch chairman Wilfred Yap hoped that the government will strike the right balance between preventing severe health consequences inflicted by Covid-19 and severe contraction of economic activities.

“The Government needs to plan ahead the bold move to allow businesses to return to normalcy by managing the situation through ensuring reasonable and adequate healthcare facilities and also continuing to take a serious approach to strict standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance and enforcement,” he said in a statement today.

Yap pointed out that the Sarawak GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak)-led government must also put continuous risk management at the core of its return to normalcy initiatives and objectives.

“The Government must share and publish its findings to all stakeholders and also provide proof that they are effectively monitoring and resolving the discovered risk to ensure public confidence which is essential in our return to economic normalcy and vitality,” he added.

On another note, the SUPP Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) chief said the burst main pipe problems at Jalan Liu Shan Bang and Jalan Bau have been addressed by the Kuching Water Board (KWB).

According to Yap, during his recent on-the-ground visit to Kota Sentosa in Batu Tujuh area, he had received complaints from the local residents regarding the burst main water pipe near the intersection of both roads, which caused immense inconveniences.

“Following the request for assistance received, the complaint was immediately communicated to KWB, and the burst main water pipe has been repaired,” he said.

He noted SUPP PCB is always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone facing problems of public interest but has no idea how to deal with them.

“Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint Bureau’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999, or go directly to SUPP Head Office,” he said. — DayakDaily