Crucial to ensure community well prepared


KUCHING: It is crucial that members of the community are prepared to move from the current Covid-19 pandemic phase to endemic.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Corporate Affairs and Communication), Abdullah Saidol said the onus is on community leaders to ensure a smooth transition for the local community.

“Community leaders must ensure that the people under their care comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) despite having received the full vaccine,” he said.

The Semop assemblyman said the community leaders also need to know what should be done to ensure that their areas were free from Covid-19.

He explained that this was important for Sarawak to remain in the third phase of the National Rehabilitation Plan (NRP) or move towards a more comfortable phase.

“This will enable people to carry out activities without the enforcement of regulations that make it difficult for the community to move,” he said.

He said this after officiating at the Meradong district Community Policing briefing on Tuesday (Sept 21).

The briefing was aimed at informing the community leaders of the state government’s  preparations to move from a pandemic to an endemic phase.

He said, although the community in the area have been vaccinated, they need to be reminded to adhere to basic SOPs such as the use of face masks, personal hygiene and physical distancing.

Meanwhile, the assistant minister also said that the village safety and development committee (JKKK) could apply for allocations to implement small projects in their respective villages or longhouses.

He said despite that, there were certain conditions that must be complied with to ensure that the funds were not misused.

He stressed that the JKKK must also be responsible to ensure that their accounts were managed and recorded properly.

At the event, Abdullah presented minor rural project (MRP) grants amounting to RM60,000 to Kampung Pemanca Legak JKKK to upgrade a Sepak Takraw court at Rh Nicholas, Sg Selidap and RM12,000 to SK Sg Selidap parent teacher association (PTA) to repair the school jetty at SK Sungai Selidap Meradong.

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