Explain decision to snub nationwide MCO

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has been urged to explain its strategy to opt for a conditional movement control order (CMCO) instead of the MCO imposed nationwide.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said while Sarawak had the autonomy to make decisions based on the local situation, it must be based on science and data rather than political considerations.

“It is important for the public to know what SDMC is trying to achieve in adopting such a strategy, especially in areas where there is high infectivity rate, high number of cases and the healthcare system, especially intensive care units (ICU), are full,” he said.

Dr Yii said the high usage of ICU beds in government hospitals was a cause for concern along with the depleting personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies.

“If effective interventions are not done, our healthcare system, especially in main outbreak areas, may be overrun with the detection of the different variants here in Sarawak.

“What are the target number of cases, infective rate, hospital occupancy among others when this CMCO ends on May 17? If it does not achieve its intended target, what are the government’s plans?” he asked.

Dr Yii pointed out that although stringent CMCO had been implemented in Sibu and Bintulu since mid-April, the number of cases at the two localities did not appear to be decreasing.

“It is a tough decision to balance health and economic considerations. If we do not get the health side under control, the economy will continue to suffer,” he said in a Facebook post.

He also urged the government to provide financial assistance to industries severely affected by the enhanced standard operating procedures (SOPs) including the food and beverage hawkers.

“Businesses have dropped significantly for them and thus, the government should look at extending financial assistance to help them through this tough time.

“More importantly, the government must have a clear and comprehensive exit strategy for all businesses after this, including how to help the economy stagger to normalcy while ensuring our community is safe and protected,” he said.