Public should’ve been informed right away

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) shouldn’t have waited to announce whether or not the movement control order (MCO) will be implemented in certain areas in the state.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said this was to clarify and avoid confusion caused by a social media post from the National Security Council (NSC) which stated on Wednesday that the districts of Kuching, Miri, Meradong, Bintulu and Sibu woud be placed under the MCO.

“The government should really sort out their communications.

“Both NSC and SDMC should properly finalise things before communicating important issues, especially those that have a big impact on the people,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Apr 14).

Dr Yii said in a public health crisis, communications must be clear, certain and easily understood.

“If not, the panic, confusion and inconvenience can be even more damaging.

“For me, SDMC should have come out and made the announcement right away and not wait. Otherwise, the speculation would create more uncertainties,” he said.

On Wednesday (Apr 14), NSC had apparently uploaded an infographic on Facebook stating that the five areas mentioned would be under the MCO from April 16 to April 29.

The infographic was widely shared on social media before it was taken down.