Padungan rep wants federal civil servants serving in Sarawak included under full Covid-19 subsidies

Wong debating the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill at the DUN sitting today (Nov 9, 2020). Screenshot taken from the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) livestream of DUN proceedings.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Nov 9: Police officers and other federal civil servants who are serving in Sarawak should receive the same subsidies in terms of Covid-19 screening tests and quarantine fees.

Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei pointed out that unlike Sarawakians, police officers who are West Malaysians but are serving in Sarawak are not subsidised when they enter the state for their duties.

“I have received feedback from PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) that police officers who are serving in Sarawak, where some of them are from Sarawak and some of them are from West Malaysia, have to go through the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) including the 14-day quarantine and swab tests.

“But they are not fully subsidised and this benefit is (only) provided to all Sarawakians,” he asserted.

As such, he urged the state government to look into providing full subsidies of these fees related to Covid-19 testing, screening and the 14-day quarantine for federal government servants serving in Sarawak.

“This is only doing justice as they come in not for other businesses, but come in and serve Sarawak,” said Wong when debating on the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas earlier today. — DayakDaily