Sarawakians must not be complacent

Datuk Snowdan Lawan

KUCHING: The public have been reminded to not be complacent given the emergence of the Covid-19 Delta variant in Sarawak.

“Sarawak has entered Phase Two (of the National Recovery Plan), if not because of the rise and additional cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant in Kuching (as reported on Tuesday), the much-awaited social activities such as dining-in would have resumed.

“However, we cannot be complacent because this variant is more contagious, spreads wildly, and knows no boundaries.

“We must realise that our public health systems have been tested through trial and error as well as success and failures alike,” said Parti Rakyat Sarawak Youth chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan. 

“Lockdowns and quarantine measures are not only draconian and extreme but restrictive, as we need to close shops, schools, public transport, among others, and have to remain at home. The curve has yet to be flattened, it is hard to have repeated lockdowns and quarantines,” he said  on Wednesday (July 14).

The Sarawak Assistant Youth and Sports Minister urged the public to remember their role in curbing the Covid-19 infection.

“We have to complement our state government’s efforts, particularly in the vaccination exercise, so that we can achieve 80 per cent herd immunity.

“The vigorous vaccination exercise also shows how serious our leaders and the state government are in combating this pandemic.”

He expressed hopes for the state to move into the subsequent phases of the NRP with the cooperation from the people.

On the vaccination progress in his constituency, the Balai Ringin assemblyman stated that his constituents had responded positively since the beginning.

“There are five vaccination centres (PPVs), namely Pantu, Batu Kepit, Kampung Ensebang Pelaie, Kampung Semada and Kampung Gawang.

“There are three more PPVs, namely in Kampung Jirok, Kampung Tuba and Mentu, coming. Those in rural areas will be assisted by flying doctor services.

“We hope to complete the vaccination programme in Balai Ringin constituency by September.”