Wilfred Yap: With vaccine now available focus must shift to boosting economy

Wilfred Yap. (photo sourced from www.1supp.org.my)

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KUCHING, Feb 24: With mass Covid-19 vaccination starting to roll out this week, the Federal and Sarawak government should now focus on implementing its exit strategy and boost the economy to help people get back on their feet.

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) chief Wilfred Yap highlighted that mass vaccination to fight Covid-19 has kicked off in Putrajaya today while State vaccine rollout is due this week.

“There now appears to be light at the end of the tunnel with the impending rollout of mass Covid 19 vaccination by the government.

“With the end of Covid-19 pandemic in the not too distant future, I hope that the Federal and Sarawak Government will now focus beyond Covid-19 and use all policy tools at its disposal to create jobs and investment opportunities which will directly generate jobs,” he said in a statement today.

Yap, who is also Kota Sentosa Branch chairman, emphasised that focus should now be on long-term job creation measures and incentives matching productivity with a living wage especially for the older workers aged above 45 through reskilling, upskilling and training programmes.

Meanwhile, the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for Sarawak is scheduled to arrive at Raya Air Warehouse’s cargo area of Kuching International Airport (KIA) at 6.30pm today.

The highly anticipated vaccine rollout is scheduled to begin this Friday (Feb 26) or a day earlier than previously scheduled, at Stadium Perpaduan in Petra Jaya here as well as in Sibu with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will be the first Sarawakian to receive the jab. -DayakDaily