Allowing economic recovery at district level to proceed

KUCHING: Economic recovery can be made possible if the Covid-19 situation is assessed based on each district in Sarawak rather than as a whole state.

There have been reports that Sarawak will ask the federal government to assess the pandemic based on this in order for Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) to proceed.

Recently, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas pointed out that Sarawak is a huge state and districts such as Limbang and Lawas could meet the NRP threshold indicators.

Layar assemblyman Gerald Rentap Jabu concurred, saying: “Sarawak is a big state and it is pertinent that we look at (opening up) district level to allow economic recovery to proceed”.

For example, he said Belaga District is as big as the state of Pahang.

“If we open up the economy, then more people can go back to work. The only way we can get this done quickly is to get everyone vaccinated.

“In order to help the state and the country, we must help ourselves first.”

On the vaccination progress in his constituency, he said it was coming along fine and going on at various vaccination centres (PPV).

“The process is still ongoing at PPV in Betong, Saratok, Beladin, Pusa, Kabong and a few private clinics. Besides that, our PPV Mobile Outreach programme into the interior areas is also ongoing.

“We are on track to vaccinate all eligible recipients by end of August.”