Wee calls for strict enforcement against those who scoff at Covid-19

Datuk Richard Wee

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, April 16: The Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions Chinese Association has called on enforcement agencies, especially the police to not hold back against those who scoff at the seriousness of Covid-19.

Its president Datuk Richard Wee observed that the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak has reached almost one thousand, which he said was a highly worrying figure.

In light of the recent spike in the state, the Sarawak government through the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) did not implement the highly talked-about round two of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Instead, SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said revised guidelines for interzone travel will be announced today.

The enhance the guidelines or standard operating procedures (SOPs) for movement across zones are expected to be come into force on April 19.

“If SDMC chose to maintain the current Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) instead of MCO and focus on certain areas that records high number of cases as announced yesterday, I just hope that the enforcement side will be stricter than before.

“We do not want people breaching the SOP, especially night spots. If the enforcement can be more strict, this will give an impression that the government is determined,” Wee told DayakDaily.

Since no blanket MCO was implemented this time round, he also expressed the association’s gratitude to the state government’s consideration.

“If Sarawak was to face a total MCO across the board, it will effect the entire business community again. They have suffered so much. If there is another round of MCO, it till be fatal for them.

“Yes, we all know that the current situation is very worrying. But at the same time, we know that the State government is trying their best to navigate the situation for its people. They have to consider between saving lives and livelihood. It is delicate and difficult to strike a balance in order to look after the people,” Wee asserted.

Therefore he hoped that the government’s efforts will be reciprocated by the people.

He sad that in order to fight the Covid-19 pandemic successfully, all parties must corporate, be disciplined and remain vigilant at all times. — DayakDaily