Postpone reopening of schools, urges NGO

Tan Kok Chiang

KUCHING: A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has called on the Sarawak government to postpone the reopening of schools in the state next week due to increasing Covid-19 cases.  

Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) spokesperson Tan Kok Chiang said the opening of schools on Jan 20 is not a suitable decision and it could bring disaster to Sarawakians. 

“Malaya recently recorded nearly 3,000 positive cases in a single day, reflecting the severity of the condition. 

“There will be thousands of teachers and civil servants from Malaya coming to serve in Sarawak with the reopening of schools this month, and we will not know if they are carriers of the virus,” he said today (Jan 15). 

Tan, who is also Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) potential candidate for Kota Sentosa, noted that although these teachers would undergo the 14 days mandatory quarantine, it would not guarantee they were completely safe of the virus.

“I am afraid these teachers might infect our local students,” he said. 

He also hoped that the state government would immediately stop all foreign air flights into Sarawak and block the border to keep Sarawakians safe.

“We hope the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will take this matter seriously to prevent a major catastrophe,” said Tan.