Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Autonomous power provided under the Local Government Ordinance has been instrumental in the state government’s policy in handling the Covid-19 pandemic and preventing local transmissions.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this was reflected in the case of a returnee from overseas who initially tested negative using the rapid test kit (RTK) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) but tested positive for Covid-19 when subjected to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Sarawak.

“Fortunately, Sarawak has its own autonomy and policy to subject all our fellow Sarawakian coming home to PCR test. Otherwise, the person will be in home quarantine and his families will likely get infected.

“The families in turn would unknowingly move around and infect the rest of Sarawak,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim thanked Sarawakians for their honesty in declaring their travel history in the e-Health declaration form upon arrival.

“Thank you to their family for their understanding despite the temporary inconveniences and suffering they have to endure. All of this is because you love your family and love Sarawak,” he said.

He also congratulated the people for their roles in ensuring that Sarawak turned into a green zone after no reported local transmissions in the last fourteen days.

“Heartiest congratulations and thank you very much to every Sarawakian for making Sarawak green. Let’s continue our Sarawak solidarity,” he said.