Not time yet for Phase 3 of NRP

Right Reverend Datuk Danald Jute

KUCHING: Right Reverend Datuk Danald Jute, Bishop of the Anglican Church in Sarawak and Brunei, has expressed alarm over news that Sarawak is slated to enter Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) on Wednesday (Aug 4) despite the high number of daily cases. 

“As a staunch advocate and proponent of a stringent, strict, and vigilant approach in the management and handling of Covid-19 pandemic, the news that Sarawak will enter Phase 3 of the NRP on Wednesday (Aug 4) is alarming, seeing that we are still recording high number of cases, with many of the Delta variant,” he said in a Facebook post on Monday night (Aug 2).

He said this in reaction to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s recent announcement that three states, namely Sarawak, Perlis, and Labuan, would enter Phase 3 of the NRP starting Wednesday (Aug 4).

He pointed out that many people still had not even grasped what it meant to be in Phase 2 of the NRP.

As such, he stressed that now was not the time yet for Sarawak to move on to the next phase.

“If we are so confident that Sarawak should enter Phase 3, after being in Phase 2 for only three weeks from July 14 to Aug 3, what use then is the six-month Emergency until Feb 2 next year?” Danald questioned.