Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Sarawak’s success in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will depend largely on her citizens, says Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

The Tourism, Arts and Culture minister reiterated that everyone had a responsibility to care for their fellowmen.

“After two months under lockdown, all Malaysians would already be aware what Covid-19 is and how it is passed on from one to another.

“This is a very contagious virus and can spread like wildfire if unchecked.

“On our part, whether we are going to be successful or not in breaking the chain, will depend on how disciplined Sarawakians are in adjusting to the new norm,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

He said this in response to the situation in Malaya where people had been flouting the conditional movement control order (CMCO) by attempting to cross state lines despite the government’s ‘no balik kampung’ order.

There is a possibility that some Sarawakians are thinking of doing this too but every Sarawakian is urged to continue abiding by the state government’s directives.

“Fearing such a situation, the state government has come up with strict standard operating procedure (SOP) for the movement of the people,” he continued.