KUCHING, Jan 31: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing fully supports the decision by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to impose the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Kapit and Song districts from February 2 to 15 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
He noted there are no facilities nor quarantine centres to house Covid-19 patients in rural areas, and thus, viewed imposing MCO in rural areas such as Kapit and Song as a wise move to break the chain of Covid-19 transmissions.
“The rural population must be told in no uncertain terms the menace posed by Covid-19.
“The coronavirus is an unseen killer which does not differentiate race nor regions.
“I am in full support of SDMC’s decision in putting the three rural districts of Kapit, Song and Kanowit under MCO.
“We have very little choice if we want to contain Covid-19 spread into rural areas of Sarawak,” Masing said.
Masing who is also the Baleh assemblyman added the Sarawak government must be very strict with rural district councils as the state does not have the facilities to treat Covid-19 patients and curb the spread of the coronavirus in the rural areas.
He opined that the decision to impose the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) by SDMC was also a very appropriate decision.
Earlier, SDMC in a press statement said Kapit and Song districts will be under MCO for two weeks from February 2 to 15.
On Jan 14, the committee said Sibu including Kanowit and Selangau will be placed under MCO from Jan 16 until Jan 29.
On Jan 27, SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced that the MCO in Sibu and the CMCO in the rest of Sarawak were both extended until Feb 14, 2021. — DayakDaily