By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Sept 30: The spike in Covid-19 cases in Sabah, which has just held its state election, is a major cause for concern that it could trigger a second ‘big’ wave of infections especially with people returning to various states throughout Malaysia including Sarawak.
Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian thus issued a stern reminder to those returning form Sabah to take their responsibilities to themselves and the community seriously by strictly observing the standard operating procedures (SOP) and health guidelines.
“We did not join (and assist in the Sabah’s election) because we wanted to protect Sarawak in this critical period when Covid-19 is still around.
“Those who have returned should observe the SOP strictly because the 14-day incubation period before symptoms onset has yet to end,” he emphasised at the community programme to present tilapia and mooncakes to residents of KMC Flats at Jalan Ban Hock here today.
Dr Sim thus urged the public to step up preparations and vigilance because letting their guards down could drive a resurgence of infections.
“We are monitoring the Sabah situation closely because if we are not careful and complying with all the SOP, I can say that this will mark the beginning of a second wave.
“I don’t think we want to go through another phase of restrictions as people and the economy have suffered enough. We have lost 19 people forever to the coronavirus,” he pointed out.
Dr Sim reminded those present that it was the collaboration and cooperation from the public in complying with safety and health guidelines that have helped to flatten the Covid-19 curve in Sarawak.
Even though this year’s Mooncake Festival celebration will not be marked elaborately but on a small scale and within the new normal, he called on people to come together to move Sarawak forward, fight Covid-19 and make Sarawak a homely and liveable place for everyone.
Meanwhile, the community programme organised by Kuching South City Council (MBKS) was aimed at bringing joy and showing care to the community of KMC Flats especially the senior citizens during festive seasons.
MBKS Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng, deputy mayor Hilmi Othman, councillors and Chinese community leaders were among those present. — DayakDaily