‘Continue to obey extended MCO’

Dennis (left) gives food to an elderly Penan of Apau Nyaring in Ulu Tinjar Baram.

MIRI: The people must continue to adhere to the movement control order (MCO) that has been extended until June 9, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

“If we love and care for the health and safety of our families and communities, we must fully support the extension of the order,” he said.

He said as the MCO adversely affected the lives of everyone and the economy, all Malaysians must do their part to get the country free of Covid-19 as soon as possible.

“The longer the MCO lasts the more we lose our income and deplete our country’s resources, but the government must make the right decision to protect its people,” he said.

He argued that the MCO — five stages so far — was the decision that brought light at the end of the tunnel for the country as indicated by the slowing down of the pandemic.

“Just look at countries that have not taken strict actions in the fight against the pandemic. They are still struggling. Malaysia is now slowly getting back to normal,” he said.

He urged the people to understand why the government acted in certain ways including extending the MCO to its fifth phase.

“The people of Baram must continue to take the MCO seriously to ensure that their area remain a green zone until the pandemic is fully defeated,” he said.

“I know many longhouses since the beginning of the MCO put up barriers to bar the entry of outsiders and even fine those who break their rules. I urged that this be continued until the end of the MCO,” he said.

He then reminded the people that the government had come up with various ways to assist the people during the MCO period including giving financial aid.

“The latest effort was getting commercial banks to provide mobile banking in rural areas to enable people in remote areas to cash in on their government financial aid,” he said.

“No other state government in the country is doing this. Therefore, our people must continue to support our state government as it knows Sarawak very well and understands the needs of the people.”

Due to the fifth extension of the MCO, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak would not be celebrated as usual, so he hoped that the people would stoically accept the disappointment to ensure that they would be healthy to celebrate next year’s festivals.