KUCHING: Certain districts with manageable cases should be considered to progress to the next phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), says Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing.
The Meradong assemblyman said he supported a recent report that stated that Sarawak would request the federal government to assess the domestic Covid-19 situation based on each district rather than as a state in order for a district to proceed to Phase Two of the NRP.
Recently, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas pointed out that Sarawak is a very big state and districts such as Limbang and Lawas could meet the NRP threshold indicators.
“I agree with the deputy chief minister’s view, and in order for a swift economic recovery, certain districts with manageable cases can be considered to progress to the nest phase.
“Sarawak has always performed well compared to other states. I’m confident we can expect nothing less but continue to be among the leading pack in the NRP.”
Ding noted that financial assistance from the government would play a major part in determining the speed of the recovery plan.
“Sarawak should play a significant role in complimenting the federal government by setting aside a substantial amount to help small and medium industries get back on their feet.
“Nonetheless, I’m sure our Sarawak spirit will carry us through this difficult time.”
He also said that over 50 per cent of the population in his constituency have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.