KUCHING: There is every reason to protect the state’s borders from encroachment following a spike in Covid-19 infection at neighbouring Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said it was crucial for Sarawak to ensure there are no imported Covid-19 cases.
“Every Sarawakian needs to help protect Sarawak’s borders. Our land needs to be guarded all the times and more so during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Without the imported cases of Covid-19 in March, Sarawak would not even need to have the movement control order (MCO), followed by the conditional MCO and recovery MCO,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Dr Sim said that with the imported cases and the movement restrictions, no one in Sarawak was spared from the economic and social sufferings along with the unnecessary loss of 17 lives.
“Thanks to our Sarawakian solidarity and united effort, we have successfully flattened the curve during the first wave.
“A second wave is not inevitable as it can be prevented. But only with your help, by playing your role, practising the new norm and stopping any new imported cases by guarding our borders,” he said.
A news portal on Tuesday reported that Kalimantan had recorded a total of 182 deaths from Covid-19 and 3,612 confirmed cases.