Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) should monitor more closely and diligently the whereabouts of those wearing QR-coded wristbands, said Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii.

“We are informed that such QR-coded wristbands allow digital surveillance. Thus, SMA should conduct more random spot checks as well to assure compliance,” he said.

Dr Yii was responding to multiple reports of and even social media posts of individuals flaunting their quarantine order electronic tags  in public even though they were supposed to be quarantined at home.

“This is an offence under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

“Offenders can be fined not more than RM1,000 or jailed not more than six months, or both, if convicted,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

To address the issue better, he urged the public to report to the authorities such offenders. With more eyes watching them, these offenders will be more cautious.

Dr Yii reminded Sarawakians that the home quarantine order was implemented to control the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

He added everyone played an important role in preventing another surge of infections, especially during this festive period.

“As for myself, after coming back from Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, I quarantined myself even though I was exempted from such order as I tested negative in KL and was on official business.

“I believe there shouldn’t be two kinds of laws for us. If others have to do it, we must too. It was my social responsibility to quarantine myself as I could not jeopardise the health and safety of those around me,” he said.

Dr Yii added the frontliners had worked very hard to control and treat Covid-19 cases from the beginning and now, it was time for the people to play their part to curb its spread.

“If we look at examples of countries that have handled the pandemic well, two important factors are good public compliance and discipline.

“We must learn to prioritise health, particularly of our families and ones around us, above all,” he stressed.