Extraordinary effort needed to exit MCO

KUCHING: Sibu folks have their work cut out for them in order to exit the current movement control order (MCO) at the end of this month.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this after assessing the progress made in containing the Covid-19 infection in the district.

“Looking at the current rate of the pandemic in the district, it will need an extraordinary effort for Sibu to be out of the MCO by Jan 29.

“Conversely, we need the people of Miri to put in extraordinary effort not to be placed under MCO,” he said in a Facebook post.

Sibu went under full MCO on Jan 16 after a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases arising from the Pasai Siong cluster. The MCO covers the districts of Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau until Jan 29.

Meanwhile, Miri turned into a red zone following a discovery of new clusters recently, with the district recording 222 Covid-19 cases in the last fourteen days.

Dr Sim said the fate of the Covid-19 pandemic in Miri and Sibu rests with its people and they are the ones who are responsible to help flatten the infection curve.

On the imposition of a nationwide MCO, Dr Sim said while Sarawak is the odd one out, time will tell on whether it could maintain the status quo.

“This is one occasion we do not need to catch up with Malaya. The only way to prevent the inevitable is for everyone to go the extra mile to play our roles and do our part to curb Covid-19,” he said.

The Batu Kawa assemblyman said this extends to all officers in the government agencies, the local community, businesses and the policy makers.

“Let’s sacrifice, be in solidarity and united to fight Covid-19. Otherwise, we will be like Sabah in terms of cases and death every day,” he said.