Quarter of Betong residents in favour of Covid-19 vaccination

Betong District Council Secretary Charlie Keling (centre) exchanging views with Uggah (left) and political secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Richard Rapu (right) at the new shop lot site this morning (March 2, 2021).

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BETONG, March 2: As of Feb 26, a total of 30,371 residents in Betong division have positively responded to and expressed willingness to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19.

However, out of the 122,371 residents in Betong Division, there were 615 who are opposed to it after being “influenced by the negative social (media) postings and faked news”  according to a press statement from State Disaster Management Committee (SMDC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas today.

In the statement, he continued to urge the relevant departments to do their best to convince more people to sign up for the vaccination.


Uggah made the call after chairing a Betong Division Disaster Management Committee meeting on the Covid-19 situation in the division this morning.

He expressed satisfaction with preparations made by the Betong Divisional Disaster Management Committee in handling the situation.

“The committee is in the process of setting up two more Low Risk Treatment and Quarantine Centres (PKRC) to cope with any eventualities.

“These will be at Spaoh and Simpang Layar. Currently, Betong has one such centre at Dewan Sukan Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen Kalong Ningkan,” said Uggah who is also the Deputy Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Uggah who is also the Bukit Saban assemblyman also made a short visit to Spaoh to check on the progress of the reconstruction of eight shop lots destroyed by a Chinese New Year’s Eve fire on February 4, 2019. — DayakDaily