Politicking, finger-pointing won’t defeat Coronavirus

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The constant politicking and finger-pointing amid the surge of Covid-19 cases state-wide is not helpful in defeating the Coronavirus.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, in stressing this point, said what Sarawakians should do instead is work together to stop the current wave of infections.

“Please help to emphasise what not to do — social gatherings, inter-district travelling and others. Also, share what needs to be done such as seeking early treatment, adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs), and stay home,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (April 17).

He said when people are united against the pandemic then can bring down the number of cases.

“We can and must reduce the wave of infections. Politicking, fake news, panic, finger-pointing, doing the same wrong things over and over, heading in the same wrong direction indefinitely won’t bring the numbers down,” he said.

On the new clusters involving schools reported by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) on Saturday, Dr Sim said it shares many similarities with earlier Covid-19 clusters.

“The consequences of infections transmitted in the school environment will end like the ones in the police depots, prisons and polytechnics where many people congregate in close proximity to one another day in day out. 

“The Covid-19 pandemic first and foremost is a medical crisis. The Education Ministry is an expert in education but not in the medical field. The Health Ministry is the expert in Covid-19,” he said.

He said the index cases in Jalan Desa and Jalan Ding Lik Kwong clusters both delayed in seeking treatment.

“Early treatment makes a difference not only for the person infected but also on the transmission of the disease to others. 

“All three new clusters (reported on Saturday) showed that once a person is infected, that person would spread the disease to the families and your workplaces,” he said.