Don’t wait for the rod to adhere to SOPs

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The public should take it upon themselves to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said Sarawakians shouldn’t wait for harsher punishments to be meted out for them to heed the call by the authorities.

“I had shared with everyone every day since Covid-19 started; what I said about infection, deaths, prevention, new norms, SOPs, and now being the most dangerous period as it has not changed.

“But our actions and disciplines have been complacent. The fatigue and ‘hardship’ faced (to adhere to SOPs) is leading to the current consequences.

“No excuses that you don’t know what to do and waiting for the government to be stricter or for the rotan to come out,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim lamented the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak with 2,007 cases and six fatalities recorded from the virus in the first 23 days of 2021. Sarawak recorded 1,117 cases and 19 deaths for the whole of last year.

“Bintulu will be the next red zone. We will need an extraordinary effort from residents in Miri, Kuching and Bintulu to prevent our respective towns and cities from being placed under movement control order (MCO),” he said.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor said it was not too late to flatten the curve of Covid-19 in the state.

“Rumour mongering, panic, anger and politics will not help. Your immediate discipline and actions will help to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“We still have a chance to flatten the curve, to keep Sarawak in containment stage and to keep you, your family and friends alive until the vaccines arrive,” he said.