Uggah: God gives Sarawakians time to fight Covid-19

Uggah at Covid-19 press conference held at Old State Assembly Complex today (Jan 18, 2021).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Jan 18: It is not too late for Sarawak as God has given Sarawakians the time to flatten the Covid-19 curve.

This is the view of Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

“For Sarawak, we are not too late. God gives us the time to fight the disease (Covid-19).  God gives us the time to turn red to yellow, yellow to green and for the green to stay green.

“But once again, I emphasise, we all must cooperate,” said Uggah at Covid-19 press conference held at Old State Assembly Complex today.

He said since Jan 8 to today, Sarawak has experienced cases increased by three digit daily and that showed that the pandemic is spreading fast in Sarawak.

Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister said it has been complacency that has led Sarawakians to where we are now.

At one time, he said, Sarawakians had managed to keep Covid-19 cases in check by disciplining themselves and by making sacrifices through the adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in their economic activities and social life.

Once again, he called on Sarawakians to do the same and he strongly believed that if Sarawakians could do it then, Sarawakians can go it again.

“Only Sarawakians of all level, can prevent it from spread.  Be disciple and make a little sacrifice. If we don’t, we will see what happened in other countries and in Peninsular Malaysia where almost all states including Perlis, Kelantan and Sabah have turned red. It shows that the pandemic is fast spreading,” he said.

He said the Sarawak government is totally committed in terms of resources, manpower and ideas to fight Covid-19 where whatever needed to be done such as providing hotels as quarantine centres, reducing flights, increasing manpower to protect borders have been done, all with the hope to minimise the spread of Covid-19 cases.

“We are trying our very best. Now it takes the people who must also contribute to make it happen. With the spirit of ‘Agi idup, Agi ngelaban’, we can succeed in flattening the (Covid-19) curve,” said Uggah. — DayakDaily