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KUCHING, Feb 7: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing thanked Bintulu Health Department for their determination and efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 during the coming festive season.
Tiong, in a press statement today, said in order to keep a cohesive team together to fight the pandemic, the people in charge of the relevant units have actually given up the opportunities to be with their families during Chinese New Year, a remarkable sacrifice.
“I would like to thank the director of the Bintulu Health Department for their hard work and for staying here during this difficult time. All parties involved are indeed working together to ensure the pandemic situation is kept in check,” he said.
He noted, this act of self-sacrifice should be an example for others that during the Chinese New Year, which is also a public holiday, and it is important for workers to reduce moving about although they live apart from their families.
“Those who had responded to this call and stayed to work during the Chinese New Year’s eve have also contributed greatly to the pandemic prevention. I hope that more people would demonstrate such selfless attitude in fulfilling their social responsibilities during the pandemic,” he added.
Tiong continued, majority of the Chinese people are yearning to return to their hometowns during this Chinese New Year, as a deep-rooted custom for the Chinese community, and it is understood that families have waited long to have their reunions with their loved ones.
However, he emphasised, being cautious is crucial in the midst of the current pandemic situation, as it may cause the pandemic to spiral further out of control in the state, and more people may suffer.
“The pandemic in the rural longhouse areas has fortunately come under control. But on the other hand, we are seeing more people being quarantined in the urban areas,” he said.
Therefore, Tiong asserted that it was important for all the people in Bintulu to play their part in the next two weeks to help flatten the curve of infections.
“Please do not use this issue to rile up emotions and politicise it unnecessarily. Although this year’s Chinese New Year will not be the same, we must endure a little sacrifice to contain the pandemic.
“Let’s join hands together to celebrate the Chinese New Year in a new normal, and once we overcome the coronavirus, we will then be able to celebrate all together in the coming year,” he added. — DayakDaily