Sarawak on track to move into second phase

Dr Rundi (left) with from second left Mydin Vista Tunku Hypermarket Trading Manager (BIC 1) Adrian@Harrison Aliasmad, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) Group CEO Datuk Sharbini Suhaili and Local Government and Housing Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Antonio Kahti Galis visiting the vaccinating room at the Mydin Vista Tunku Hypermarket Industrial Vaccination Centre (PPVIN). Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Sarawak is on track to move into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), said Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

The Utilities Minister pointed out that the state was doing very well in its vaccination programme, with expected coverage of not less than 85 percent of the eligible population by the end of August.

“It is the state government’s plan to make sure that all Sarawakians as well as those living and working in Sarawak will be vaccinated. This is why we have various vaccination centres (PPVs) including for the industrial sectors and mobile outreach for those in the rural areas.

“The declining number of Covid-19 positive cases in the state is in tandem with what we are doing and it is a good sign. For the past two days we recorded less than 300 cases which is below the threshold figure.

“The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is looking into how we can ease our standard operating procedures (SOPs) to enable re-opening of economic activities,” he said during a visit to the industrial vaccination centre (PPVIN) at Mydin Tunku Vista in Petra Jaya today (July 8).

On the PPVIN Mydin Tunku Vista, Dr Rundi stated that it has the capacity to vaccinate 1,000 people a day.

The centre expects to vaccinate 3,042 workers for the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine until this Saturday.

“Initially we were slow with our vaccination progress because the vaccine supply was not as we expected. Now that we have the vaccine supply, we have planned properly and rolling out the programme more efficiently.

“As we know, there are already some states which have moved on into Phase Two of the NRP. We will be next and hopefully we can go back to normal life very soon,” he said.

Dr Rundi added that various subsidies have been provided by the government for the people to make sure they are able to live comfortably and at ease during this difficult period.

He assured that the subsidies would continue until the pandemic was over as it was the state government’s stance to assist and help the people in Sarawak.