KUCHING: Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) hopes that the state government would provide free internet to all Sarawakians during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Its chairman Datuk Dr John Lau Pang Heng said that this would enable students staying at home to utilise e-learning programmes.

“This will also benefit the working class who are using the internet and working from home, in addition to all those staying at home and using more internet data to surf for news updates,” he said yesterday.

He expressed gratitude over the state government’s ‘Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid Package’ aimed at alleviating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lau, however, said SPA was confused by the federal government’s initial advice to those going out to purchase essential goods to wear face masks and its later announcement that there was no need to do so.

He said if the public heeded the latter’s advice and did not use face masks, there would be more infection cases in the coming weeks and months.

“Research conducted by Dr Wang Zhou, chief physician of the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, says that the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV can survive at an environment of 25°C for two to three minutes,” said Lau.

He felt that if one did not use a mask and met with an active coronavirus at an environment of 25°C, he or she could be infected.

He pointed out that most air-conditioned rooms would be around this temperature.

“SPA hopes that every citizen will stay at home to break the chain of Covid-19 spread,” Lau said.