Dr Annuar Rapaee

KUCHING: Whether or not the country will prevail or falter in its war against Covid-19 will be down to the collective effort by the people, said Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee.

He said at the moment the people were doing their part by practising social distancing, keeping good personal hygiene and using face masks to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

“This is because there are asymptomatic cases which cause transmission of the disease in the community.

“Also, during the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, we have to make sure that there is no open house celebration as it will put our families at risk and increase the spread of the disease,” he said in a video message shared on Thursday night.

Dr Annuar hoped that the nation could overcome Covid-19 successfully, and stressed that although the nation had not won the fight, it had not lost either despite the various challenges and risks it had to overcome.

The Nangka assemblyman also said that with economic activities shut down since the movement control order (MCO) was first enforced, many daily paid workers lost their sources of income.

“At Nangka, I took early steps by using my service centre fund to distribute 1,500 food baskets to longhouses, the needy and the disabled.

“We also worked with the Sibu Islamic Welfare Trust Board (Lakis) so that mosques and surau can also help those who are in need.

“Also, with the RM200,000 in state government allocation, we have been able to distribute 6,400 food baskets in Nangka to date. I believe that has lightened some burden of the community,” he said.