Shortage of swab sticks only a personal observation

Wong Ching Yong

KUCHING: The claim of a supposed shortage of swab sticks which ended the mass screening at Sibu Jaya early on Sunday was only a personal observation, said Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Dudong branch chairman Wong Ching Yong.

He said he had no malicious intention in making the claim and regretted any embarrassment caused to the relevant authorities.

“The report on the insufficient cotton buds (swab sticks) causing the swab tests on 668 to be stopped on Sunday at 12.30pm was merely my personal observation,” he said in a statement today.

He was responding to Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee who dismissed Wong’s claim as unfounded.

Wong said he would meet the Nangka assemblyman to discuss the problems faced by the people in Sibu Jaya   due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

He added   he respected Dr Annuar as the GPS leader in Sibu and the only GPS assemblyman in the district.

On Tuesday, Dr Annuar said the claim made by Wong was demoralising to the frontliners who had worked day and night to curb the spread of Covid-19.

He asserted that according to information from the Sibu Divisional Health Office, the screening ended at 2.30pm and not 12.30pm as alleged.

“The screening continued until 2.30pm until there was nobody queueing up for the screening. So, if you want to issue any statement on matters related to Covid-19, please consult the Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) first.

“This is because if you do not get your facts right, it will create confusion and fears among members of the public,” he told a local daily.