All vaccinated before visiting settlement

Masing (fourth left) boarding a longboat during his journey to Long Singut.

KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing assured during a visit to Tapak Megah, Kapit that all members of his entourage were already vaccinated. 

“I would like to point out that all of us have been vaccinated. Most (of them) are General Operations Force (GOF) frontliners.

“Once you get the Pfizer vaccine, you are already allowed to mingle with other vaccinated people or a healthy individual,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

He was responding to concerns raised by netizens regarding a group photo at Tapak Megah where he and his entourage were standing close together and not wearing face masks.

Masing said it takes two days by boat and land transport to get to Tapak Megah from Long Singut.

“The distance is only 70km but there is no direct access to Tapak Megah from Long Singut. Due to time constraint on the day itself, I had to use a helicopter to reach Tapak Megah.

“I also stayed a night in a makeshift hut in Nanga Engkirik which is on the way to Long Singut. I had a bit of time to bathe in the beautiful river and relax amid the sound of the forest,” he said.

Masing recalled that he had to use a longboat which took about an hour to reach Long Singut where he stayed a night in the longhouse.

“Across Long Singut, as I saw the mountains, it brought me back memories of my father who crossed over from Kalimantan over those very same mountains carrying goods to sell over the border many years ago.

“Long Singut is 200km from Kapit. How many people especially the oppositions are willing to travel all the way to take in these beautiful sights?” he asked.