Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: The setting up of a laboratory to test for Covid-19 samples in Bintulu will be a lasting symbol of its people’s determined spirit and self-reliance, said Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

He thanked everyone involved in the setting up of the laboratory which is a huge step up in the division’s battle against the pandemic.

“This is an asset of the Bintulu people, and we must commend everyone for coming together in a time of crisis to make it happen.

“Finally, the new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has started operations in Bintulu as the Bintulu Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) service centre gears up to start it off on the right footing,” he said in a statement issued on his Facebook page last Thursday.

Tiong, who is also the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China said that in early March, Covid-19 caught everyone off guard and some places in Sarawak were not equipped with adequate medical supplies for the frontliners.

“Fortunately, the Covid-19 Pandemic Relief Fund was launched in April and I am blessed with many great friends in the business community.

“They responded with fervour to the people’s needs. A successful fundraising campaign was completed to bring much needed supplies to frontliners and the needy,” he said.

He said, the team managed to overcome obstacles in bringing medical supplies to Bintulu with cooperation and coordination by all parties involved.

“Even in the face of a pandemic of this scale, we have been shown that nothing beats the spirit of working hand-in-hand with friends from Sibu and Kuching. It proves like nothing else the unity of Sarawakians working for you and me alike.”