Let’s fight Covid-19 as one


KUCHING: The Sarawak government has urged the people to unite as one to fight their common enemy — Covid-19.

In making the call, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg pointed out that recently, the country’s political crisis had further complicated the situation.

He said the country’s top leaders were plagued by uncertainty and the question of the legitimacy of the prime minister.

“I sincerely hope that the solution reached at the discretion of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong recently with the appointment of a new prime minister will lead to stability so that the country can fully focus on efforts to eradicate Covid-19,” he said in a special message yesterday (Aug 30) in conjunction with the National Day 2021 today.

Abang Johari, who is also the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman, reiterated that GPS was keen to see stability at the federal government level so that the war against Covid-19 could be intensified and the national economy strengthened.

“If Covid-19 fails to be curbed and the country’s economy collapses, it will bring losses to all,” he said.

He added now was not the time for the people to quarrel among each other over political or personal interests.

“Politics should be a tool to bridge the gaps in our society which consists of various races and religions. This was once emphasised by the Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud through the philosophy of development politics when he led the Sarawak government,” he said.

Abang Johari pointed out that it had been more than a year since the country was hit by Covid-19 which had caused profound effects on the society and the economy.

“As expected, the spread of Covid-19 will be more difficult to curb if it has already spread into the community. This is what is happening because humans are constantly moving from one place to another while carrying the virus.

“The infections already involve all districts. I know many longhouse occupants had to be transported to the quarantine centres, leaving their livestock, oil palm, pepper and pineapple plantations without anyone to look after them throughout the quarantine period.

“In addition, those who trade in hawker centres are unable to do business. Certainly, disturbances like these bring a negative impact on the daily lives of those affected,” he said.

Abang Johari added that people were used to living free lives and any restrictions would complicate their daily affairs.

“I am sure all our citizens are aware of the standard operating procedures (SOPS) that need to be adhered to in every activity and in public places as well as the workplace.

“Normally, we are free to move and sometimes the SOPs set are difficult to follow in certain situations.

“Therefore, in any case, I really hope that all of us will always remain vigilant and keep those around them safe by wearing face masks and if possible, double up the face masks or wear face shields, wash hands frequently and observe physical distancing as much as possible,” said Abang Johari.

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