Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The public are urged to have faith in the procedures and steps taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said there have been concerns by the public over the surveillance and contact tracing activities done by the Health Department.

“Their concern is on the number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak where too many are from surveillance of high-risk group or contact tracing with them receiving home quarantine order or brought to the hospital.

“The group complain that such would cause unnecessary public panic and increase hardship for the people,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Dr Sim said on the other hand, there were several parties who would complain when there were too few cases diagnosed by the Health Department.

“They would say Sarawak is not doing enough testing or is hiding the number of cases. Please have faith in our health staff as they have worked day and night to fight Covid-19 since March,” he said.

He also urged those who have the expertise in handling Covid-19 to lend their help to the medical staff.

“Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is only able to announce the case figures due to the hard work of the health care workers in Sarawak.

“There is no reason for SDMC to unnecessarily alarm Sarawakians and putting their lives at risk by not being truthful with the number of cases,” he said.

Dr Sim said, regardless, all Sarawakians needed to be responsible and understand that the state was at war with Covid-19 similar to any other country in the world at the moment.

“We are blessed with low number of deaths unlike USA, India, Brazil, Italy and Spain but we need everyone to continue the Sarawak solidarity, do our part and play our role seriously.

“Strictly practise the new norms, standard operating procedures (SOPs), wear face mask, avoid crowded places and stay home. There is no other option other than doing that to prevent a second wave of Covid-19,” he said.