Abang Johari (centre) accompanied by, among others,UCA Sibu president Ngieng Ping Sing (left) and other UCA Sibu officials signs a plaque to commemorate the launch of UCA Sibu building’s new wing.

SIBU: Sarawakians have been urged to play their part to keep Sarawak stable.

In stressing this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said stability would allow the state government to look after the interests of the community.

“Our state is very stable compared to other parts in Malaysia. Over there (in Malaya), they are still fighting among themselves on who gets to be Prime Minister although the people are suffering from Covid-19.

“It is very chaotic and Sabah is the same. But Sarawak is stable and due to this, we are able to look after the interests of the community and our way of life,” he said.

He was speaking at the launch of the new wing of the United Chinese Association (UCA) Sibu building here today.  

Abang Johari said the Covid-19 pandemic had changed the way of life, with no indication of when the virus would be wiped off.

“In Malaysia, there is a spike in Covid-19 cases. There is also a spike in Sarawak although it is in the single digits.”

Abang Johari said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, was urged to not allow foreigners to enter willy-nilly as they had to undergo quarantine and PCR swab tests.

“Luckily, we have our own immigration autonomy and we have concurrent responsibility on infectious diseases, meaning if the disease is spreading, we have the power and authority to ensure Sarawak remains healthy and protected.”

Abang Johari said with the financial hardships faced by the people and especially SMEs amid Covid-19, the state government had taken expedient steps to remedy the situation.

“Through Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS), we gave financial assistance and incentives to small businesses. While the federal government also chipped in, we add our own assistance on top of the aid given.

“This is only possible as Sarawak is stable.”