State logs first-year anniversary of Covid-19 tomorrow, Uggah poignantly recaps difficult times


By Ling Hui

KUCHING, March 12: All Sarawakians have gone through one whole year of a torturous and challenging time in battling Covid-19, says State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

“Tomorrow will be the first-year anniversary of the first Covid-19 case in Sarawak. It has been a difficult and challenging year for everyone in Sarawak,” he said.


With that, he took the opportunity in today’s Covid-19 update press conference, to thank all parties for their constant cooperation and commitment in this battle.

Uggah expressed gratitude to Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for his unwavering support and guidance to SDMC and for his trust in the committee in managing the pandemic.

“We would like to thank the frontliners for their commitment and dedication in fighting the pandemic.

“We would also like to thank the donors who have kindly assisted in cash as well as materials.

“Fourth, we would like to thank all Sarawakians who have given us (SDMC) all the cooperation, support, commitment and to endure all sort of SOP (standard operating procedures) we have implemented during this difficult time,” he added.

For those who are still suffering from the disease in hospitals, Uggah on behalf of SDMC expressed his prayers for their speedy recovery, and those recovered, for their continuous health.

“We would also like to express our condolences to the families of 89 fellow Sarawakians who have lost their lives to Covid-19 for the last one year,” he lamented.

Now with the ongoing commitment of the vaccination programme, Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister pointed out that there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel but tremendous challenges lie ahead as Sarawak aims to vaccinate 2.2 million people in the state.

Thus, he reminded all the people to be vigilant and continue to comply with SOPs as the war with the Coronavirus is yet to be over.

“To win it, we need the cooperation and collaboration of each and every Sarawakian. (We need) all the people in Sarawak,” said Uggah.—DayakDaily