Interstate travel delay a price to pay

Adam Prakash Abdullah

KUCHING: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) views the proposed delay of interstate travel for upcoming Aidilfitri celebrations as a price that the people have to pay in efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its president Adam Prakash said the Union understood that everybody wants to go back to their families and students wanting to be with their parents for the celebration.

“However, allowing free movement will only see the surge in the number of infected cases later.

“Therefore, we have to learn to adapt to this new life; no yearly celebrations for now and staying away from families for a while if we want our normal life back.

“This is the price we have to pay for not taking heed of security and health announcements and being carefree,” he told New Sarawak Tribune today.

He was referring to the Ministry of Health (MoH)’s proposal to postpone the interstate travel for the upcoming Aidilfitri celebrations as the Covid-19 situation in the country is still worrying.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the proposal was also following complaints and appeals from various quarters for the government to postpone the lifting of the interstate travel ban.

In supporting this, Adam said it was the best decision to make at the moment taking into account the seriousness of the situation.

“This is where the government needs to take very strict action.

“STU would like to urge teachers and students to also review their travel plans unless deemed necessary.

“We cannot afford to close schools for a long period of time due to our carefree attitude. Let’s all work together and fight this virus,” he added.