Majority of Mirians in favour of lockdown, says Ting

Ting (front, second from right in yellow shirt) at the launching of Miri Polyclinic's walk-thru pharmacy today (May 18, 2021).

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, May 18: Mirians appear to be largely in favour of a lockdown as Covid-19 cases remain high across the state, according to an online poll by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting.

Ting had asked for public opinion about whether the city should impose a lockdown following the recent rise in Covid-19 cases on his official Facebook page ‘A True Kenyalang’ on May 17. In less than 24 hours, the poll reached 280,000 people with 900 shares and 3,400 comments.

“Majority of the public via the poll wanted the city to be in lockdown, for two to three weeks to flatten the Covid-19 cases (sic),” said Ting when met today.

Respondents to the poll voted overwhelmingly in favour of staying at home to slow the spread of Covid-19, he highlighted, but did not breakdown the numbers.


Thus, Ting called on the public in this division to give their fullest cooperation to break the Covid-19 chain of infection by continuing to adhere with standard operating procedures set by the government.

“Last year, for 172 days Miri had been a green zone, until October 21 (2020), I urged the public from every walk of life here to always stay vigilant and observe Covid-19 SOP,” he added. — DayakDaily