KUCHING: The paycut for Sarawak Cabinet ministers, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) assemblypersons, political secretaries and civil servants is a show of solidarity in Sarawak’s fight against Covid-19.
The GPS Backbenchers Club welcomed the move as it reflected concern over the rapid surge of cases statewide.
“We hope that this will, to some extent, be able to help the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and other agencies to procure more equipment and supplies.
“Throughout the Covid-19 period, we have seen the spirit of sharing on display by the people – caring for their neighbours and one another. This spirit should be embodied by all,” it said today.
It noted that the state government had been committed in the Covid-19 fight as well as taking care of the welfare of those affected by the pandemic.
“This followed the state government’s move to continue the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS), allocating about RM1.4 bil for BKSS 6.0 announced recently, taking the total expenditure to about RM4.5 bil.
“We urge that state government-linked companies follow in the footsteps of the state government to contribute to the State Disaster Fund.”
It said the state government was working to ensure that Covid-19 could be fully addressed and the vaccine rollout be completed within the predetermined period.
“We take this opportunity to urge Sarawakians to continue doing their part to flatten the Covid-19 curve.
“Stay home, practise self lockdown, prioritise personal hygiene and only go out when necessary. Do register for vaccination and turn up for your vaccine appointments.”