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KUCHING, June 12: All necessary standard operating procedures (SOPs) compliance and precautionary measures were taken care of during the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s visit to Kapit recently, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth Chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan.
According to Snowdan, every necessary precautions were taken care of and complied with before the Chief Minister and his entourage made the trip.
“Even the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah was there to ensure that there were no lapses on the part of SDMC and the organising committee,” he said in a press statement today.
Snowdan said this in response to Pelagus Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) potential candidate Datuk Kristoffer Nyuak who called on the Ministry of Health (MOH) to conduct mandatory swab test for attendees during the Chief Minister’s visit to Kapit Town Square yesterday,
Kristoffer had also criticised the function as unwise and uncalled for and was against the lockdown SOP.
Snowdan explained, the Chief Minister’s visit to Kapit was to have the first hindsight and to be briefed on the status of the vaccination programme in Kapit by the MOH.
He said the Chief Minister also visited the Malaysian Armed Force (ATM) Hospital Medan to witness its preparation and to find out if any other facilities are required.
“Our Chief Minister came there because he was too concerned about the threatening Covid-19 situation which is not only in Kapit, but throughout the State, even if it was against all odds.
“These are all for the good of the people in Kapit. Our Chief Minister was on the ground witnessing the situation but Kristoffer chose to come out loud criticising from afar and not knowing the ground situation at that material time,” he added.
Besides, he pointed out, there was a symbolic giving of food basket packages under the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 6.0 which was announced by the Chief Minister recently, and only received by the “Tuai Rumah” of the respective longhouses, to be distributed.
“There were no large gatherings and no issue of double standard as alleged. Moreover, during this occasion, strict SOP was adhered to.
“This is mere wild accusations by the PSB. This is their ploy to gain political mileage,” he said. — DayakDaily