KUCHING: Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) employees were told to register for the state Covid-19 immunisation programme.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said by doing this, it will allow them to resume their duties as usual as well as protect themselves, their family and the community.
“The whole world has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic for over a year now and for myself, I have been inoculated with two doses of the vaccine.
“Until now, there is no side effect or any other things claimed by the people. So I urge STIDC personnel to get vaccinated. If you have registered, wait for your turn. If you haven’t, please do so,” he said when officiating at the STIDC special assembly today.
Awang Tengah said the global pandemic has also affected the local timber industry, adding that STIDC must spearhead and facilitate the development of the industry which is mainly driven by the private sector.
“The pandemic has not only caused loss of life but has weakened demand for commodities, restricted domestic and cross-border movements and resulted in global economic disruptions.
“Although the Covid-19 outbreak is still occurring, the state and federal governments have allowed the timber industry to continue operating during the movement control order (MCO) period.
“This is to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the local timber industry sector by adopting new norms and complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been enforced,’ he added.