Relaxation measures a well-thought plan

Datuk Peter Minos

KUCHING: After assessing the country’s rapid immunisation programmes, the decision to allow more relaxed measures to take place is appropriate, said political analyst Datuk Peter Minos.

He described the decision as a well-thought strategy, adding that the economy must gradually open up to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on the country.

“The economy should gradually open up as the Covid-19 virus fades and disappears. Despite the fact that we (Sarawak) are still in Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), I believe it is a well-thought plan,” he commented in response to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s recent announcement on the easing of restrictions in the social sector for fully vaccinated individuals.

Minos, who is also the chairman of the Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS), added, “Depending on the situation, if most of the districts in Sarawak are green already, I believe that inter-district travel rules can be relaxed. 

He emphasised that it was everyone’s responsibility to be aware of the dangers posed by Covid-19 and to take all necessary precautions to avoid contracting the virus, including following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) provided.

He said they should pay close attention to the SDMC’s instructions to help the situation return to normal as soon as possible.

“We need to listen to the SDMC so that everyone — close friends, relatives and partners — will be able to see each other in future,” he said.

Minos also suggested all economic sectors should open up and everyone return to the normal way of living with strict compliance with the SOPs if 80 percent of Sarawakians were fully vaccinated by the end of September.