Stop politicking and focus on virus

Datuk Idris Buang

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang has hit back at opposition parties for criticising the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) for mismanaging the Covid-19 situation in the state.

He said in the first place, it was the 22-month Pakatan Harapan (PH) government that had failed to handle the pandemic.

“First, they let tourists from China enter the country without proper screening at that time. Secondly, they were very slow in responding to the first wave of the pandemic when other countries were already reporting on how dangerous it can be.

“The PH government failed in the first place because they were so busy trying to determine who should be the next prime minister.

“They were politicking all the way and they did not focus on the country, especially on Covid-19 and the country’s economy,” he said in a video posted on Facebook on Tuesday (Sept 7).

He went on to say that the virus has mutated into new variants, of which experts were forced to formulate better strategies to tackle the pandemic.

“We see as new variants come up attacking every nook and corner. The government is trying in every way it can to manage the pandemic.

“But for Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), Democratic Action Party (DAP), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), PH — you just keep on attacking for no reason.

“Your politicking is really bad, you have ulterior motives and what you want is to have (control of the) government,” he said.

The Muara Tuang assemblyman told the opposition that there will be a right time for them to fight the government when the election comes.

Idris also urged the opposition to stop politicking and focus on more important matters such as Covid-19.

“Please show good intentions,” he said.

He added that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as well as the state government deserve to be applauded in many ways.

“They slowed down the spread of the Covid-19 infection in the beginning when it hit us and now as we go on, we are still learning and we are giving our best. They are just trying to drive the country towards a better place.

“We need to save every life from this pandemic and as our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has told us — every life is important,” he said.