Uggah rebuts claims SDMC did not do enough to curb uptick in Covid-19 cases

Uggah fielding questions from the media during the press conference. Screenshot taken from a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) livestream.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, April 11: State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Douglas Uggah Embas has rebutted the allegation that the committee did not do enough to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak behind the recent upward trend in coronavirus cases in the state.

Uggah who is also the deputy chief minister explained that the committee is just responsible for issuing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the prevention of Covid-19, enforce laws and monitor the implementation of SOPs for Covid-19.


Most important to curb Covid-19, he stressed, everyone needs to play their respective roles to curb Covid-19 as many lives have been lost and many people have suffered after getting infected.

“Once again, Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak have increased.

“There are some quarters on social media who blame the committee for the increase.

“I would like to explain to Sarawakians that the committee is just responsible to issue guidelines, enforce laws and monitor the implementation of the SOPs,” he said during a press conference to give updates on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak here today.

At the same time, Uggah reiterated calls for the public to stay vigilant and practise SOPs in view of the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the state.

He said the committee has also issued SOPs for social gatherings and it has to be fully adhered to by those attending social gatherings.

He added the state government has also allocated funds to fight the Covid-19 in Sarawak.

“Once again, I urge the people to stay vigilant and be alert as to curb Covid-19 transmissions. Do not be negligent, take care of your own health and the health of your family members,” he added. — DayakDaily