Frontliners make arduous trip to remote Long Liaw to distribute Covid-19 vaccine on National Day

Frontliners have to take a helicopter trip, followed by a boat ride and jungle trekking to reach Long Liaw.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Sept 1: While Sarawakians were celebrating National Day yesterday, a group of frontliners travelled for hours to venture into Long Liaw of Tinjar, Baram to vaccinate the residents there against Covid-19.

It was a long journey made by helicopter trip, boat ride and trekking before they reached Long Liaw, a remote settlement consisting of mixed Penan and Kayan villagers, reachable only by six hours of logging road without the help of a helicopter ride.

Frontliners on helicopter trip to reach Long Liaw, Baram.

“This is how many of our frontliners celebrate National Day in Sarawak — just quietly doing their job for the people all over Sarawak.

“They went by helicopter, by boat, and on foot, to give the second vaccination to people of Long Liaw, Miri Division. (This is the) best National Day gift for the people of Long Liaw,” said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian on his social media page.

Following a helicopter trip, frontliners also need to take a boat ride to get to Long Liaw, a remote settlement in the interior of Sarawak.

To Dr Sim who is also Local Government and Housing Minister, these frontliners are Sarawakian heroes who are responsible for nation building in Sarawak.

In reciprocity, Dr Sim believed Sarawakians should show their appreciation by playing their roles and doing their part by complying with all the non-pharmaceutical and public health measures in this post Covid-19 vaccination era where Sarawakians need to learn to live with the coronavirus and reopen safely. — DayakDaily

Long Liaw residents waiting to be vaccinated.
A Long Liaw resident undergoes vaccination against Covid-19.