SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting Ing Horh said the subject of standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance is important for children during this difficult time.
He urged parents to educate their children on the SOPs as they play their part in jointly reducing the risk of contracting Covid-19.
During a live broadcast on the SMC’s official social media site together with the political secretary to the Chief Minister, Michael Tiang on the topic of SOP compliance and a question-and-answer session with netizens today, he described subjects such as Geography and so on as not important at the moment.
“The schools are not open but there is home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) going on. In my personal opinion, apart from making sure that their children do not miss their lessons via PdPR, parents can teach them about the SOPs.
“Apart from the vaccines, the SOPs act as shields to protect them from being infected by Covid-19.
“When the school reopens at a later date, there is no need to worry because the children will then know and understand what SOPs are all about.
“I think that the reason why parents were worried whenever schools reopen previously is that they did not teach their children about SOP compliance, therefore, they were not confident about their children’s safety in school,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ting reminded residents in neighbourhood areas here to refrain from engaging in any open burning activities.
He said he received complaints on the matter but SMC has not taken any action so far.
“The weather is quite hot in Sibu recently. Be tolerant with your neighbours as the smoke might bother them or get into their homes,” he said.
On the attitude of throwing face masks improperly, he took the matter seriously and also reminded the public to be more considerate.
Ting described such action as unhygienic and it will give Sibu a bad name.
At the same time, he reminded the people of Sibu to get rid of the attitude of always being afraid of getting sued by the police just because they aren’t sure whether things that they did were according to the SOPs or not.
“You better be afraid of Covid-19 rather than the police or any action that could be taken.
“The suit can be paid, but if you are infected by Covid-19, it is difficult.
“Get rid of such perceptions, prevention is better than cure. If you want to safely comply with the SOPs, there is no other way. The police only enforce the law that has been made, the rest is up to you because the risk is on you,” he added.