Reopen economic sectors gradually

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: As the state moves into the third phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), a gradual and phased reopening of the economic sector in Sarawak is preferred rather than a full reopening of the economy.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said this is crucial so that the outbreak prevention mechanisms can be in line with economic sector reopening.

“Although Sarawak now enters the third phase of the National Recovery Plan, I do not agree that all economic sectors should be fully opened, instead, it should be opened gradually.

“This step by step reopening is to ensure that the pandemic prevention mechanisms are in line with economic sector reopenings to avoid a sudden spike on cases due to negligence,” he said on Wednesday.

Tiong pointed out that while more economic sectors reopen, discipline in observing the standard operating procedure is still the most important aspect for all residents.

“After bistro’s allowed dine-in, are we able to adhere to strict SOPs when inebriated with friends and families?

“Some parents may think that it is okay for them to bring their children out since as no one is around to take care of them at home … but how did they manage to go out without their children during the previous restrictions and SOPs?

“The youngest case diagnosed in Bintulu was only 2 years old. Did these (irresponsible) parents even think about the facts and risk of their child being infected?” he asked.

Tiong said the people are reminded of the threat of Covid-19 and how it lurks at every corner. Most importantly, there isn’t a  way to ascertain 100 percent safety anywhere.

“Covid-19 does not select its victims and negligence will lead to infection,” he said.

The MP said more effort is needed from authorities if they are to outline and enforce strict SOPs to ensure compliance.

He said at present, everyone needs to sacrifice to ensure a more stable future.