Mutating Covid-19 variants means time, timing is of the essence, says Masing

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing (file photo)

KUCHING, Aug 1: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing hopes that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, would look at Sarawak’s political predicament keeping in mind the possibility of dangers pose by Covid-19 variants in the next few months.

According to Masing, while there is still time before the 15th General Election (GE15) needs to be called, Putrajaya has breathing space to manage and control Covid-19 provided that they act as one and put on their thinking heads together.

“For Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) life, it has expired on June 6, 2021, and we have no breathing space.

“If the Covid-19 evolved to become more vicious and deadly, Sarawak will be caught with no way forward,” he said in a statement today.

Masing, who is also the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president, said the availability of vaccines in the state can be the key to controlling the deadly impact of Covid-19.

He cited World Health Organisation (WHO) emergencies director Michael Ryan who was reported as saying the Delta variant is just a warning, and there is a need for action now before more dangerous variants emerge.

“This is what I fear the most. We do not know what Covid-19 can mutate into, in the next six months.

“At the moment Sarawak is in better control of the deadly impact of Covid-19, and the vaccines at our hands can be the ‘tool’ for us to contain the deadly impact of Covid-19,” he added. — DayakDaily