MIRI, Dec 31: 2020 has been a difficult and unprecedented year globally and the Covid-19 pandemic had affected the lives of Millions of people worldwide, leaving a lasting impact and challenging the people to adopt a new normal in their daily lives, said the Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
“It is fervently hoped that we will be able to get our vaccinations against Covid-19 in 2021 and resume our normal way of lives,” he reckoned.
Therefore, he said, it is imperative that people in Sarawak should continue to be vigilant and comply with SOPs laid down by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and the Ministry of Health.
“We can see the spike in the number of positive cases in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. Lately, Malaysia recorded over two thousand positive cases a day on some days. Therefore, we can clearly see the danger in the spread of Covid-19 pandemic if we do not remain vigilant and comply with the SOPs,” he stressed.
He added that Sarawak to date had well managed consistently the Covid-19 pandemic, keeping the Covid-19 positive cases most of the time at single digit level a day.
“I wish to place on record here our thanks and appreciation to all who have one way or other contributed towards the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, especially the frontliners for their dedication and hardwork whilst Sarawakians as a whole had been supportive and cooperative with SDMC as well as Health Ministry’s directive and SOPs,” he said.
“In Sarawak we can see that our Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government has been very focused and placed the well-being and interests of Sarawak and its people first. The state Government is stable with very experienced leaders in its administration and in its service delivery. Our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has come up with various ‘I Love Sarawak Special Assistance’ packages (Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang) to assist the people and special allocation to address Covid 19 pandemic,” he explained.
Lee has urged people of Sarawak to strengthen solidarity and unity to ensure that peace and harmony prevails and to enable Sarawak attain greater heights towards a developed and high income state by 2030.
“On a lighter note, the beginning of a new year is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Let us write a good one. My warm wishes to everyone for a safe, brighter and fulfilling New Year 2021,” Lee concluded.