Datuk Francis Harden Hollis

KUCHING: Most of the residents in Engkilili do not want the Engkilili Sub-District Rest House to be turned into a Covid-19 quarantine centre.

Recently, Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister, Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, said the rest house could become a quarantine centre.

Responding to this, Engkilili assemblyman Dr Johnical Rayong said he had received protest feedback from the residents so he hoped the relevant authorities would consider the opinions of the people.

“They fear being exposed to the virus, so they don’t want the quarantine centre anywhere near them,” he said, adding that Engkilili did not have enough medical equipment and personnel, and even face masks were hard to come by.

“Engkilili and Lubok Antu residents are still free from the virus and they have done their best to obey the movement control order (MCO). We must be mindful of their health,” he said.

Lubok Antu MP Jugah Muyang in his Facebook post also said he disagreed with Francis that Batang Ai Community Service Centre and Engkilili Sub-District Rest House should be turned into quarantine centres.

“Both of these places have not been affected by the virus, so don’t bring the virus to them,” he said.

“I also wish to urge the people of Engkilili and Lubok Antu to be very hygienic. Don’t move around during the movement control order (MCO) period to avoid picking up or spreading the virus,” he said.