Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The public’s complacency in not abiding fully to the authorities’ standard operating procedures (SOPs) is saddening, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He warned that such complacency could result in Sarawak taking a backward step in terms of mitigating the spread of Covid-19 locally.

“On one of the rare occasions that I had dinner outside, I was sad and shocked to see the complacencies of the public and the business operators.

“Although we will increase enforcements, we really need the public’s cooperation, help and discipline despite the inconveniences caused in adhering to the SOPs,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said examples of a second wave of Covid-19 could be seen in other countries in which its rapid spread caused a second lockdown.

“We can see how fast the second wave of Covid-19 hit Melbourne, Australia hence the second lockdown for another six weeks,” he noted.

He said, while it took weeks or even months to reopen the local economy due to the spread of the virus, it would only take days for a lockdown to be imposed. 

“I beg for all Sarawakians to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 which is not inevitable. Everyone has a role. Please play your part,” he appealed.