KUCHING: Kuchingites have been urged to be self-disciplined and to strictly observe the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of the virus.
In making this call, Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng pointed out that the cases in the city had been increasing.
It was everybody’s responsibility to help curb the spread of the virus, he added.
“We have been battling the virus for more than a year and the people should already know what they are required to do.
“I think it all points down to one word and that is to have self-discipline,” he told New Sarawak Tribune on Sunday (June 6).
Wee said the whole world was at war with Covid-19 and that was why it was so important to follow the SOPs to prevent further spread of the virus.
“In a war, we need to take care of our own lives and our families. Don’t insist on freedom or argue whether to open business or not.
“We are under the movement control order (MCO) and yet there are businesses trying to get themselves listed in the essential category.
“I cannot understand. Are you willing to risk your lives and your family lives just for money?” he questioned.
Wee added the government was doing its best to fight the pandemic and people must stop finger pointing and put the blame on others.
“Now is not the time for political mileage but to come out with constructive suggestions so that we are strong as a team to fight this,” he stressed.
“We all have a role to play. As our common enemy is not you nor me but the Covid-19 virus, we must overcome this together.
The mayor said the important SOPs such as wearing face masks, observing physical distancing, avoiding crowded places and washing hands frequently were not difficult to follow.
“All these SOPs appeared in all the mass media — newspaper, television, radio, social media and billboards. It is our new normal (to follow the SOPs) and we need to live with them whether you have been vaccinated or not,” he pointed out.
“Only by doing so are we able to regain our freedom, doing business like before and socialising,” he said.
Sarawak recorded 651 new positive Covid-19 on Saturday (June 5), while Kuching district, a Covid-19 red zone, reported the highest number of cases at 146.