Masing: Sarawak government to collaborate with NIOSH

Masing (seated centrer), and Ugak (seated second left), surrounded by NIOSH delegates during the press conference at his office, yesterday (June 27, 2020).

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, June 28: The Sarawak government will work together with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to implement disinfection activities on ships docked in the state, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

According to Masing, this is to ensure that all the products shipped into the state through the sea route are free from Covid-19.

“The pandemic will not end that soon, and as such, we are taking this precautionary measure to prevent the disease from spreading through our sea route,” he said in a press conference held after a courtesy call from NIOSH Malaysia chairman Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong at his office in Petra Jaya, yesterday.

Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure and Ports Development, said that NIOSH would also be setting up one of their branches in Kapit.

He was confident such a strategic approach would provide better services to the community in Kapit, especially for those who are working in the oil and gas sector.

“At the same time, since various development projects are currently being carried out in Kapit, the workers should be given the training to increase their skills and knowledge, especially in terms of occupational safety and well being.

“This will benefit the 3,500 workers who work in the Baleh dam,” he added. –DayakDaily.